About the event

Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,

ComNews Information Group would like to invite you and your colleagues to the 7th Business Forum “Smart City & Region: Digital Technologies Paving Way to a Smart Country”.

Date: February 20, 2020

Venue: The Hilton Saint Petersburg Expoforum Hotel (the venue of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum), Peterburgskoe shosse, 62 build. 1, Saint Petersburg.

In 2019, ComNews Information Group held a series of regional events entitled “Smart City & Region: Digital Technologies Paving Way to a Smart Country” in Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok, Sochi, Sevastopol, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Moscow. This regional “rally” was designed to discuss pressing matters related to the implementation of Smart City and Smart Region projects in the forum host cities and regions and their neighbors, and it revealed a wide number of regional issues, approaches, and solutions, which on many occasions were very different from how Smart City is perceived from the federal perspective.

Some of the developments that occurred in 2019 had a significant impact on the implementation of the government project Smart City, initiated by the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities in 2018. In March 2019, Andrey Chibis stepped down as Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities responsible for this project, and was appointed Governor of Murmansk region, and then Oxana Demchenko, former director of the Smart City Center of Competence was appointed Deputy Governor of Murmansk region. A document, which was designed to become the standard for Smart City, signed by Andrey Chibis on March 4, 2019, was slammed by other government organizations and standards bodies. Finally, in September the head of the Ministry of Construction Vladimir Yakushev announced that in the short-term perspective, the Ministry would not be allocating any budget funds for the Smart City project, and the main goal of the project at this point is to enable best practice exchange in this area. As a result, at the end of 2019, the regional government – senior officials of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, cities and municipalities find the national policies on Smart City / Smart region even more confusing, than it was in the beginning of the year.

In February 2020, the 7th Federal Business Forum “Smart City & Region: Digital Technologies Paving Way to a Smart Country” will gather government officials and members of the business community to discuss the most pressing challenges, faced by the regions as they are trying to implement Smart City projects with no federal funding and centralized control from the federal center.

The forum will explore new opportunities to secure federal funding for Smart City and Smart region projects implemented by constituent entities, cities and municipalities of Russia; reveal details of the new project ‘Digital Region’ and how it will be managed; shed light on the new standard on Smart City, developed by TC-194 to replace the eponymous document of the Ministry of Construction dated March 4, 2019; and also will assess and compare different industry ratings – from global lists and the ranking of innovative regions in Russia to ‘City IQ’ index and digital development indicators (as part of the National Index of Digital Economy in the Russian Federation).

The forum is meant to enable an honest and trust-based dialogue between the government and the business community, identify mechanisms which can help address the main issues faced by all regions in the absence of federal funding and regulation; seek new business models to address digital transformation tasks of cities and regions; facilitate exchange in models and best practices of raising private funding (including public-private partnerships, concessions, service contracts, leasing, and other formats); identify the best methodologies for evaluation of digital transformation in every city and region to enable strategic decision-making. Cross-regional best practice exchange on Smart City and Smart Region projects will also take a prominent place in the business program. The Forum will specifically look into digital transformation of housing and public utilities and transport – the two very big and rather problematic sectors for the vast majority of the Russian regions and cities.

Key topics of the Forum:

  • The present and the future of Smart Cities: Bottom-up initiatives and independent search of funding instruments
  • Practical outcomes from the implementation of Smart City projects
  • Key challenges faced by regions in the absence of federal funding
  • Solution banks which can be of help to the regions implementing Smart City projects
  • Scaling best Smart City / Smart region solutions
  • Digital transformation in the housing and utility sector and innovative technologies
  • Specifics of smart transport systems and dedicated solutions
  • Telecommunication infrastructure for Smart Cities
  • Approaches to evaluation and the role of ratings of “smart” cities and regions

Forum audience: federal legislative and executive government bodies, administration of national project Digital Economy of the Russian Federation; regional and municipal authorities; government development institutions; regional and federal operators of wired and wireless communications; IT companies; power distribution and other utility enterprises; manufacturers of electronic metering devices; representatives of businesses looking to implement digital technologies at their enterprises – construction and development companies, retailers, transport and logistics operators, service and management companies, security providers and etc; vendors of ICT solutions; system integrators; developers of digital services; and industry media and experts.


We look forward to seeing you at the Forum in St. Petersburg!


Best regards,
Organizing Committee

For sponsorship participation, please contact Irina Glukhova, Business Development Director of ComNews: irina@comnews.ru
For delegate participation, please contact Olga Dolenko, Head of Sales: od@comnews.ru
To find out about speaker opportunities, please contact Tatiana Moiseeva: moiseeva@comnews.ru

Report on Smart City & Region Saint Petersburg 2019