In Moscow, the Fourth annual VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" came to a close successfully today. The Forum was attended by over 1,800 guests, including more than 400 international and Russian investors, as well as heads of major Russian companies, and representatives from government and key economic ministries.
During the three days of the Forum, participants discussed the most pressing issues of the Russian and global economy. Among the Forum’s topics were the new global economic architecture, Russia’s strategic capabilities, priorities for Russia’s macroeconomic policies, and achievement of sustainable economic growth.
A distinctive feature of the Forum is the high level of its speakers. The session was attended by: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation; Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Mikhail Abyzov, Minister for Interaction with the Open Government; Andrey Belousov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of the Russian Federation; Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Alexey Ulyukaev, First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia; Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board at UBS Bank; Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO at Alcoa Inc.; Jin Liquin, Chairman of the Supervisory board of China Investment Corporation; and Anatoly Chubais, CEO of Rusnano, as well as other world-class experts.
Plenary session moderators were Andrey Kostin, VTB Bank President and Chairman of the Management Board and Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of VTB Capital. Moderators of the other sessions were Alexei Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Mau, Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
The final day of the Forum was devoted to one-on-one meetings between representatives from Russian companies and international investors. The Forum’s guests also discussed the state of the economy and market developments with VTB Capital’s analysts.
The participants of “RUSSIA CALLING!” appreciated the quality of the Forum and the opportunity to better understand Russia’s investment case. In particular, Carlos M. Gutierrez, Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Citigroup, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2005-2009, noted: "I think Russia is calling the world to take a closer look realize the opportunities that Russia has to offer. I can tell you in the case of the Citigroup, where I work, Russia is one of the top five priority countries in the world.”
Jin Liquin, Chairman of the Supervisory board of China Investment Corporation, said: "This is the first time I took part in the Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" and I liked this wonderful event! The high level of speakers and the extensive preparation of the Forum have really showcased VTB Capital’s credibility to the international community. The speech of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was very inspiring and encouraging to investors and the discussion with the expert audience was very interesting and useful."
This year's Forum was attended by nearly 400 representatives of key international and Russian media outlets. So far there have been more than 2000 articles on the issues discussed at the Forum.
Media partners of the Forum included some of the world's leading media outlets. The sessions were broadcast by the main Russian and international TV channels including Channel One, NTV, TVC, Rossia 24, RBC-TV, Russia Today, CNBC, and online on the “RUSSIA CALLING!” website.
Alexei Yakovitsky, Global CEO at VTB Capital, said: "We are very pleased with the results of the Forum. For the fourth time we have managed to gather together leading international experts in Moscow, business leaders and policy makers from around the world to support and continue the dialogue for the development, first of all, the Russian economy. The Forum this year certainly played a crucial role in improving the investment climate in Russia and the development of foreign economic and business relations of the country. I am grateful to all the participants of "RUSSIA CALLING!" for the attention they have given to our event. These three days have been very interesting and helpful in building Russia’s investment case!".
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