Arkady Dvorkovich, the chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, signed a cooperation agreement and a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Financial Center and the Qatar Science and Technology Park, respectively. The delegations met at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday, June 4. Both agreements represent a concrete expansion in activities and collaboration between both sides.

Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani and Arkady Dvorkovich signing the cooperation agreement. Photo:

The Skolkovo Foundation leadership met with a delegation from Qatar Financial Center headed by Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani. Both sides signed a cooperation agreement and discussed further steps in development and mutual relations. The international partners will provide market entry support to Skolkovo residents, including discounts for office rental, finding partners, etc. Both sides also agreed to participate in each other’s events as speakers, moderators, and specialists.

The Skolkovo Foundation also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). The document aims to expand cooperation between the two organizations and mutual support for projects in areas such as biomedicine, information and communications technologies, cybersecurity, energy, healthcare, digital technologies, and environmental protection.

The Skolkovo Foundation chairman Arkady Dvorkovich stated that “the goal of the Skolkovo Foundation is to help entrepreneurs and young researchers unleash the business potential in their projects, including market entry support abroad. We are achieving this by creating a broad network of international partners. The signing of this agreement today will support this strategy, and I am sure that the content of the memorandum will bring about a new level of collaboration aimed at mutual support of Russian and Qatar startups interested in entering each country's markets. Furthermore, both documents open up new opportunities for both the Foundation and participating companies to develop business and establish new relations in the Middle Eastern countries.”