On 11th June 2013 INNOPROM-2014 hosted a conference on the theme of “Metropolitan Technologies”.
The conference was divided into three sections. The first section was a plenary session entitled “Raising people's living standards – deploying new technology in the development of cities”. A number of highly-respected professional experts took place in the discussion: First Deputy Minister of Construction & Housing Minister, Mr Leonid Stavitsky ; Minister of the Moscow Government , Head of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship for Moscow, Mr Alexey Komissarov; Head of the Urban Development Division Expertise Centre for Siemens, Mr Martin Powell ; Regional Director, DuPont Eastern Europe Mr Irji Lang; Department Head for work with public & state institutions for Philips Lighting Solutions, Eindhoven, Mr Harry Verhaar; Chairman of the German Energy Agency, Herr Stephan Kohler; Global Head of Strategy and Business Development for Industrial Solutions at Cisco, Mr Matthew Smith.
Mr Leonid Stavitsky said he believed that one of the most important tasks facing builders in the nearest future would be to establish correctly regulated procedures. “Almost all the issues we have to deal with at the moment, I would say, arise in relation to establishing a proper legal framework. The main forward tendency requires confirmation of the rules through which companies regulate their business, and how the State interacts with business”, Mr Stavitsky said.
Head of the Urban Development Division Expertise Centre for Siemens, Mr Martin Powell laid out his vision of the technology of the future. “The biggest problem facing big cities today is clean air. More than 4000 people a year die in London each year due to illnesses arising from air pollution. New technology can turn that around. One example is a new generation of public buses, which expel 60% less pollution into the atmosphere. Everyone has heard of the “New Moscow” plans – a really interesting concept that involves responsible location of population density, and diversification of industry within the city. This all requires a different approach to transport, so that people can get around faster.”
The next event was a meeting between Mr Stavitsky and business leaders, titled “An integrated land policy for housing”.
The final section of the conference was a discussion panel entitled “How the infrastructure development of cities should be financed”. The panelists for this discussion included the Chairman of Ural Bank OJSC "Sberbank of Russia", Mr Vladimir Cherkashin; The Director of the VTB Bank Branch in Ekaterinburg Mrs Natalia Alemasova; General Director of JSC "Ekaterinburg-Development", Mr Timur Ufimtsev; the CEO of the holding corporation "Home Group", Mr Sergei Vorobyov and the Director for Building and Reconstruction at UGMK, Mr Sergei Erypalov.
It should be noted that the “Metropolitan Technologies” conference makes an effective integration platform where business can interact with the State sector, to exercise influence on the development of the infrastructure of our cities. The Exhibition and its Business Program are directed more towards the technological aspects of this question than the social issues – building of housing and roads, equipping cities for their populations, optimizing the use of resources, and public transport.