in Expresso, September 3, 2021
Photo Caption: João Matoso Henriques, SDG, with Vyacheslav Shoptenko, co-organizer of the competition in Russia
Portugal will be present at this event, which will take place from the 27th to the 29th of this month in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.
For the fourth time, Russia will be staging an international final of the Global Management Challenge. The city of Nizhny Novgorod is hosting the event, which takes place between the 27th and 29th of this month. Teams from 23 countries are expected, including Portugal, which will be represented by a student team.
João Matoso Henriques, CEO of SDG, the company that has been organizing this strategy and management competition for over 40 years in partnership with Expresso, explains that “Angola, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Macao, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Spain and Tajikistan have already confirmed their participation. In all, around 23 countries are expected”, a number not yet finalized due to the conditions imposed by COVID-19. This will be the first face-to-face international final after the start of the pandemic, and will be disputed by the winning teams of the 2020 edition in the countries where the Global Management Challenge is present.
A DIFFERENT EVENT
“We know this final will not be like previous ones, due to all the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, but it is a very important step towards a return to normality. This year’s competition will be held in an unusual way with the big difference being the fact that although most teams will be present in Russia, some teams will be competing online from their own countries. It was the solution chosen to run the event with as many countries as possible”, reveals João Matoso Henriques.
The opportunity to hold the world final in Nizhny Novgorod came from Ranepa, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, who organizes the competition in Russia. This year Nizhny Novgorod is celebrating its 800th anniversary and the GMC, as a world event, is part of the foundation celebrations. This is an industrial region and one of the most important in central Russia, with over 600 resident companies. Among its attractions are a number of cultural and sporting monuments.
Vyacheslav Shoptenko, representing the Russian organization of the competition, says “this year we are celebrating the 15th edition of the competition in our country”. He hopes that “the 2020 international final, with so many countries involved, will allow for the establishment of international relations and create business opportunities for the participants and partners in the Global Management Challenge”.
Journalist/Expresso: Maribela Freitas