Will WTO Accession Change Russia For the Better?

Event date: 
Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:00 to 12:00


United Kingdom

Nineteen years after it first applied for membership, Russia is expected to complete WTO accession this summer. Membership will constitute a major step of integration for Russian into the global economy.

But what impact will it have on Russia itself? Will it act as a stimulus to the kind of economic reform and modernisation the country’s leaders have promised, but so far failed to deliver? Will it allow Russia to diversify away from its dependence on natural resources and develop its manufacturing and service industries? Will it improve the business climate by forcing policy makers to address concerns about corruption and property rights? Can WTO membership help Russia head off the threat of stagnation or will the Putin system prove unable to adapt to the opportunities of openness?

Speakers include:

  • Professor Philip Hanson OBE - Emeritus Professor of the Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe, The University of Birmingham, and Associate Fellow, Chatham House
  • Fredrik Erixon - Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy
  • Igor Danchenko –  Energy Policy Analyst and former Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution

Held in Central London, he discussion will be chaired by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation. We would be delighted if you were able to join us for this event.

Please RSVP to Clementine Cowton clementine.cowton@champollion.co.uk or on 020 7550 5639 for full logistical details and location. Refreshments will be provided.