"Our tourism sector has grown significantly: 460 thousand people visited Kazan in the Millennium year, so last year we welcomed 3.5 million tourists," I. Metshin added. "Kazan is like a beautiful diamond: we are trying to make all its facets shine and work on it".
"We must develop new formulas for public-private partnership and switch to municipal-private partnership"
The pandemic affected almost all cities and caused the decline of economy around the world. It is necessary first to think about supporting businesses for restoring-both large and small, former Prime Minister of Georgia Nikoloz Gilauri believes. He suggested revising the mechanisms of public-private partnership and providing entrepreneurs with new opportunities for growth.
The younger generation of talented specialists will also help to achieve noticeable results faster, moderator E. Abdrazakov noted. He addressed the Mayor of Kazan, half of the population of the city is under 30 and there are about 170 thousand students, with the question of how to keep talented young people in their city. "If we talk specifically about our experience, I can say that it is important to increase the level of comfort, safety and education, to create conditions", - Ilsur Metshin said. It is also important to have employment opportunities, he added.
At the end of the discussion, the participants noted that next year cities around the world would deal with the consequences of the "coronacrisis".
"The challenges caused by the pandemic will remain, these are our new realities. We must learn not only to live with it, but also to continue to create and be successful, - the Mayor of Kazan shared his opinion. – This is not the first time when the world is facing problems. We must remain optimistic in any case, find new forms of work, exchange practices and keep going forward".