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Scientists Explore Further Development in International Economic Cooperation

Published: April 11, 2014 (Issue # 1805)




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On Apr. 3, an international conference was held in St. Petersburg at the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center with the main focus titled: “Strategic Priorities of Economic Development in Russia and Europe: Prospects for Integration."

The conference was a continuation of discussions from a seminar held in Stockholm in October 2013 where the main focus then was titled: "Independent Research for the Improvement of Quality in the World," and was organized by the Swedish Research Institute of Industrial Economics. As a result of the significant progress made then in the study of integration processes in international economic activities, a decision was made to continue such seminars to order to keep collaborations moving forward.

The conference being held in St. Petersburg this year had added significance as this year marks the 180th birthday anniversary of world renowned scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev, whose research still impacts the scientific world today. In fact, the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center, where the seminar was held, was developed under an initiative by Mendeleev as a center for “Standardization, Metrology and Testing”. In addition, a significant number of Mendeleev’s scientific papers were also referred to in regards to economic issues discussed at the forum, including the development of economic relations between Russia and foreign countries.

The importance of developing economic cooperation between Russia and Europe remains a high. Today, many single multinational technological developments have been formed as a result from long-term projects by Russia and European companies. This in turn has had a major impact on macroeconomic integration, the removal of customs barriers as well as the development of legislation.

The focus on increasing economic performance indexes through joint projects in various fields of science and technology have the aim of improving the quality of lives for people - a main priority for socio-economic development for any community, state or country.

As a result, an effort was made at the conference this year for participants to focus on questions regarding quality of life by comparing standards and values among emerging countries and the West. Participants were also asked to consider strategies for the development of administrative-territorial entities on the basis of international standardization as a way to further develop relations between Russian and the European Union.

Presenting at the conference were well-known and respected Russian and foreign scientists including: Professor Magnus Henrekson, President of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN, Sweden); Professor Torbjorn Becker, Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE, Sweden); Dr. Vladimir Kvint, foreign member for the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Financial Strategy department at the Moscow School of Economics, Head of Strategic Management MSU, President of the International Academy of Emerging Markets (USA); and Professor Vladimir Okrepilov, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, General Director of the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center.

The conference proved to be an important contribution to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial economic cooperation between Russia and Europe, which in turn will have a significant and positive impact on the future of not only society but for every individual, by providing an increased standard in quality of life.

The information is provided by specialists of Federal State –Funded Institution “Test-St.-Petersburg"





 


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