The meeting participants included Deputy Prime Minister – Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bamtonnelstroy-Most Ruslan Baisarov, Professor and Scientific Director of the Polytechnic Institute at Far Eastern Federal University Alexander Bekker, traveller, explorer, blogger and member of the Russian Geographical Society Bogdan Bulychev, Rector of Far Eastern Federal University Boris Korobets, Director of the Engineering Centre for High Complexity Rapid Industrial Prototyping at National University of Science and Technology MISiS Vladimir Pirozhkov, and Special Projects Director at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects Mikhail Khomich.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,
According to tradition, we meet with representatives of the business and expert communities, moderators, as we call our colleagues who moderate sessions on various topics on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.
This is always an important and interesting event, and we do it with pleasure, primarily because we want to hear your opinions about the priority areas which are of interest for you and which you discuss with your colleagues during various sessions held as part of the forum.
My colleagues and I are always eager to learn your opinions. This is key to our participatory approach which consists of bringing together businesses and the state in a joint effort to get to the bottom of the matters on our agenda and outline interesting projects and solutions.
Let's not waste time and start our discussion of topics that you believe hold the most promise and are important and interesting for government bodies and businesses, and ultimately for the citizens, because our common goal is to improve life in Russia, in this case, in the Far Eastern region, and to open up prospects for good development, primarily for the people.
Please, let's begin. Mr Trutnev, the floor is yours.