On May 21st and 22nd, Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, hosted one of the key events in the oil and gas industry – the Big Chemistry Forum. The Polilog Consulting Group handled the operations for the forum’s business program and provided full PR support for the event on a national scale.

The Big Chemistry Forum

613 Participants, 64 Speakers

In 2015, Big Chemistry took on the status of a national-scale event. Speakers amongst the Forum’s participants included Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian Presidential Envoy to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich, the Head of the Republic of Baskortostan Rustem Khamitov, and the Interim President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Also participating were Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov and Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Sergei Tsyb.

Delegates to the forum numbered over 600 participants. They included directors of some of the largest corporations, various business associations, specialized expert organizations, scientific research institutions, and federal universities.

In 2015, the Big Chemistry Forum was held in Ufa on the eve of the upcoming BRICS and SCO summit meetings. The event was included in the official program of Russia’s current chairmanship of the SCO. Participating in the forum were government officials and members of the business communities from a wide range of foreign countries. The forum’s final resolution will be given over to the federal authorities of those states participating in the BRICS and SCO summits for use by their official summit delegations.

The Big Chemistry Forum

8 Meetings, 3 Agreements

During two days of intensive work, eight meetings were held, each with a different thematic focus. The participants discussed the strategy of development for the petrochemical industry under new economic and political conditions, strategic investment projects in the industry, the future of cooperation amongst BRICS and SCO countries, technological development priorities, the potential for development of personnel within the Russian petrochemical complex, and other issues.

Three official cooperation agreements were formally signed, where foreign partners were included. In addition to breakout and other meetings, delegates were able to use the platform of the Forum to network and increase business contacts, as well as to conduct necessary meetings via a format called the ‘business hour’.

Forum partners PwC Russia and the Research Institute for Technical and Economic Studies (NIITEKHIM) prepared an industry report especially for the 2015 Big Chemistry Forum on the state of the Russian oil and gas industry with proposals on how to guarantee the industry’s independence and upgrade it to a new technological level under current economic conditions.

The Big Chemistry Forum

134 Journalists, 1,213 Features and Articles

The Forum was covered by 134 members of the press, and during the event itself, 388 reports were published relating to the opening and the work of the Big Chemistry Forum.

The news was carried by the largest Russian news agencies, such as Interfax, PRIME, RIA Novosti, TASS, RIA FederalPress, and by the websites of the country’s leading business periodicals, including Vedomosti, Kommersant, Forbes, and Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

All in all, during the period leading up to the Forum, from January through the May 26th, 2015, 1,213 reports were published about the event.