The Slavonic International Economic Forum (SIEF) held since 2009 addresses the most topical economic development issues of Bryansk region and the neighboring regions.
Even though the Forum takes place in Bryansk region and, to a large extent, serves the development of the home region, the Forum is an international event. Bryansk region is a border federal subject of Russia. The regional economy is closely tied to the economies of nearby countries, especially those of the Slavic states. This integration has a deep historical background, facilitated by convenient transport corridors, encouraged by geographic proximity, similar mentality and cultural identity, related languages and religions. That said, regions are different in the level of development, specifics, and political landscapes. Despite these differences, these states largely share the same problems and challenges. The mission of the Forum is to contribute to finding solutions to them.
Every year, the Forum welcomes delegations from Belarus, Ukraine, Slovenia, Poland, Serbia, China, Turkey, Republic of Moldova, other countries and regions. 650 delegates participated in the 5th SIEF, and more than 1,000 are expected to come this year.
In 2017, the Forum theme is “Integration of the Slavic Commonwealth markets on the threshold of a new technology paradigm”.
The markets of the states sharing the common Slavic roots, primarily the markets of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, have traditionally been closely linked. The upcoming sixth technology paradigm bringing about, inter alia, transformations in conventional markets, is setting common objectives of unprecedented significance for states.
Benefiting from faster agreements on integrating their markets amidst transformation processes, the Slavic states may become a testing ground for fundamentally new trade and industrial relations.
Bryansk region is right in the heart of trade routes between the Slavic countries. The ongoing changes dramatically influence the region’s economy, giving it a chance of breakthrough development and opportunities to contribute notably to the new economic integration of the Slavic states.