RUSSIA CALLING! Investment Forum Wins International Global Brands Awards

23 April 2021
The 12th Annual VTB Capital RUSSIA CALLING! Investment Forum, held on 29-30 October 2020, has won in two categories of the Global Brands Awards from Global Brands Magazine: Best Investment Forum in the EMEA Region and Best Investor Relations Conference in the EMEA Region.

The first day of the forum, ‘Global Challenges, Local Remedies’, was devoted to discussing the current state of the global and Russian economies, which have been hit by the pandemic. During the plenary session, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with foreign business leaders and investors, and answered questions from 18 representatives of the international business community. The second day featured a VTB Capital Investments-sponsored panel session, ‘Investment horizons in the post-pandemic period’, and a session on ‘The pandemic and safe future technologies’ with leading international experts. The live broadcasts of the event on television and online streaming were watched by more than 3 million people, mainly from Russia and Europe. Overall, the forum brought together participants and viewers from 104 countries.

Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of VTB Bank Management Board, said: “2020 was a challenging year for businesses, investors and people, but Russia took on the economic difficulties with dignity. Its openness, and its readiness to facilitate dialogue between the state, entrepreneurs and investors, played an important role in this. VTB adapted quickly to the pandemic, providing an updated platform for what has already become a traditional meeting between Russian and international business. The forum was held online and aroused keen interest among the business community, both in Russia and abroad.”

The Global Brands Awards were established in 2013 with the aim of honouring excellence in performance and rewarding companies around the world across different sectors such as Finance, Education, Hospitality, Lifestyle, Automobiles and Technology, as well as Service aspects, Performance aspects and Branding. The organisers annually acknowledge the market leaders. Its unique assessment methodology is based on evaluating business results, the quality of products and services, as well as customer attitudes to a company's brand. To shortlist the winners, the research team analysed a significant amount of data from various sources on the activities of more than 3,000 companies.

Founded in 2013 in the UK, Global Brands Magazine is one of the leading online outlets providing opinions and news related to various brands around the world. The magazine is a multi-industry source of information, including the latest news, reviews, opinions and polls from the world's leading brands. The online version is read in over 200 countries.

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