Key messages from Dmitry Medvedev and top politicians at Sochi Forum 2016

The International Investment Forum in Sochi is a place to discuss issues of international economic development and trends, showcase Russia’s economic potential, and strengthen ties between Russian and international business. Here are the key points of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's speech, plus comments from leading Russian politicians, among them German Gref, Alexey Kudrin, and Alexander Novak.

“We have an ambitious goal: to double non-resource exports in the medium term,” - says Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister.

The forum takes place on Sep 29 - Oct 2 at the Olympic Park Media Center in Sochi, Russia. This year’s forum is expected to attract more than 7,000 people from 25 countries.

One task facing participants is to find ways to reduce the vast discrepancies in the socio-economic development of the Russian regions and different social groups. The forum organizers and stakeholders hope to tackle this problem by increasing cooperation between regions and attracting new development to poorer ones.

Other topics at this year’s forum are likely to include the development of import substitution and export potential, including in the field of tourism.

"New electronic visas are set to be introduced. Tourists can go to the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, place an order, and receive a reply, all without leaving home. If the response is positive, the visa will be ready for collection on arrival at Vladivostok," - Alexander Galushka, Russian Minister for Development of the Far East.

Read more: Regional development main topic at 2016 Sochi Forum

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