A Liberal Agenda For the New Century - Co-Sponsors



The Institute of Economic Analysis
The Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Moscow. IEA was founded in July 1994 by Andrei Illarionov who is currently Economic Adviser to President Putin. Since then the IEA has become one of the leading Russian market-liberal economic research centers. IEA conducts research in areas of macroeconomic, fiscal and social policy, and trade and environmental economics. The main objective of IEA is to address the most important issues of Russia’s economy and other economies in transition: reducing state regulation, opening to international trade, securing private property rights, maintaining a stable budgetary policy and establishing the rule of law. IEA presents it findings in the form of round table discussions, seminars and presentations involving members of governmental ministries, parliament, the private sector, academia and the non-profit sector.

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs is the leading nationwide independent public nonprofit organization that represents business people in Russia. The Union consolidates efforts of industrialists and entrepreneurs to improve the national business environment, strengthen society’s entrepreneurial spirit, and increase both the domestic and the international competitiveness of Russian businesses. The Union works to establish a continuous dialogue between entrepreneurs, civil society, and government. Its more than 328,000 members represent leading Russian companies, well-known academic institutions, and workers’ unions. Enterprises represented in the Union produce 80 percent of Russia’s GDP. The Union also serves as a liaison for Russian business people in their collaboration with government bodies. It organizes regular consultations between key representatives of the business community and government officials at the highest level. Various programs of the Union are designed to facilitate business contacts among entrepreneurs, remove discriminatory restrictions, and explore new ways of increasing Russian exports and creating new investment opportunities in Russia and abroad.

The Leontief Center
According to the intent of its founders — Nobel Prize winning economist Wassily Leontief and Anatoly Sobchak, the late mayor of St. Petersburg (and mentor to Vladimir Putin) — the Leontief Centre was established in 1991 as a think tank providing strategic insight and expert support for the market reforms in St. Petersburg and the rest of Russia. The Leontief Centre conducts economic and social studies; develops relevant economic policies to handle the challenges of transition on the national and regional levels; contributes to the improvement of St. Petersburg and its investor appeal; promotes international and interregional ties; disseminates its research findings and advances expertise through workshops, conferences, publications, exhibitions, and via the Internet.

The Leontief Centre has made its best effort to focus on real economic and social needs of communities; remaining focused on current subject areas and high levels of research, promoting the standards of the future through its pilot projects; involving the best Russian and international experts; and remaining independent and non-partisan in its political beliefs.

The following principles are at the core of the Leontief Centre's philosophy:

  • openness to cooperation;
  • willingness to share its research findings;
  • an emphasis on partnerships and networking.

Relying on its solid 10-year experience, the Leontief Centre is today fully prepared to assume a new mission: to promote top international standards of quality in social and economic studies and consultancy with a view towards fostering more professional methods of governance for Russian cities and regions.