Delegates` fresh impressions
The 10th International Academic Conference on economic and social development in Russia has started at the HSE. Katerina Rylko, the HSE News service correspondent, interviewed some delegates about different aspects of the event.
— What is your general impression of Moscow?
As for my impressions, the first thing I'd like to say is that you should spend more money on infrastructure. Even the road from the airport is very bad in Moscow. In China we invest much more into infrastructure and it has become much more comfortable. We have invested a lot of money into the infrastructure over the two last decades.
The second thing I'd like to say concerns the hi-tech industry. I had visited Siberia several years ago. There are a lot of resources. I met a lot of wonderful people there. There are many universities and research - institutes. But I think that the hi-tech industry is still weak. You have a lot of resources and, probably, that is the reason why Russians do not worry about the hi-tech industry. But I think you should make it your main priority. I met my colleagues here, other economists from China. The conference is very interesting for us.
Giorgio Dominese, the University of Udine, Economics faculty
— What a brilliant prospect for us...
Of course (smiling)! Moscow was a large European centre one hundred years ago. I think it will also become a cosmopolitan city again, a European centre like 19th century Paris.
I think the conference is a good opportunity to meet economists from Russia and other countries. I am going to attend sessions on policy and economy in Russia. I am interested in sessions on fiscal and monetary policy and the future development of Russia. My presentation is focused on economic theory and public debts management. I am going to present it on Thursday. I expect a good discussion and response.
Alexander Opitz, Cologne, Germany
— And what is the most interesting thing at the conference?
Besides professional experience and learning some interesting things about Russia and Russian development, I am interested in social and economic development in Russia. Social changes during the early 90s and changes in the incomes distribution system are very interesting.
Annabelle Kunitz, Cologne, Germany
— First of all, some words on your impressions of visiting Russia.
— What is the most interesting for you at the Conference?
- I am a sociologist. I specialize in social theory. So these sections are the most interesting for me. But I want to hear reports by prominent Russian economists.