15 january 13:00–13:45
Expert Discussion


 White Studio
Alexander Auzan, Dean of Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Alexey Kudrin, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Svetlana Chupsheva, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects
In their everyday life, people increasingly perceive other people as a threat of infection, and tend to move apart from each other. Likewise, cross-country barriers are growing: this process began before the pandemic, but got even worse in 2020. Alienation is growing and ties in trade, scientific and technical cooperation, cultural exchange, tourism, etc., are being disrupted.
How can we bridge the gap? Is it possible to restore the pre-pandemic interconnectedness of the world and to what extent will it be possible to do that? How should development institutions contribute to this process? What can ASI and Russian business do in this area? What can the government do to achieve a higher level of trust and increase economic growth?