Steps to accelerate export

Kirill Nikitin, partner, government and public sector leader, PwC Russia, spoke at the session on export acceleration at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

An export accelerator is an integrated system comprised of educational, financial and non-financial measures aimed at supporting and accelerating export related activities of companies, including those with no previous export experience. The determination to increase Russian non-commodity and non-energy exports to 250 billion US dollars with the share of SMEs in non-energy exports reaching 10% is based not only on the ambitious goals set by the policy makers, but also on the experience of other countries in promoting their exports. 

Kirill Nikitin’s presentation was preceded by a video by Laurent Probst, partner, economic development, digital transformation and innovation at PwC  Luxembourg, who shared the European experience in export acceleration and the participation results for exporting enterprises.

In his speech, Kirill Nikitin gave examples of the pilot acceleration projects implemented by PwC in Russia and in Europe. In particular, he stressed the importance of the accelerator’s role in a detailed analysis of the target market peculiarities and the level of it’s competitiveness, as well as in preliminary work with the target market experts for the sake of effective implementation of such programs.

The session was moderated by Alexey Kozhevnikov, Senior Vice President, Russian Export Center. 

Other panelists:
  • Marina Bludyan, First Vice President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA;
  • Marina Zhunich, Director for Government Relations, Google Inc.;
  • Nonna Kagramanyan, Vice-President, Head of the Executive Committee, All-Russia Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia);
  • Ilya Kretov, General Manager Russia and Emerging Europe, eBay;
  • Andrey Slepnev, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Center;
  • Andre Fritsche, Director, Governmental Relations Department, German-Russian Chamber of Commerce; Representative of the Federal State of Hesse in the Russian Federation.


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