VTB Capital Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" brought together participants and viewers from 106 countries

2 December 2021

The 13th Annual VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" has come to a close. It was attended online by business representatives, politicians, managers and interested viewers from 106 countries. Discussions on key economic trends unfolded during the five sessions, broadcast live on leading Russian and international platforms. 

The first day of the forum was devoted to the discussing macroeconomics, the transformation of markets and business in post-pandemic conditions, the impact of new strains of coronavirus on the global economy and the transition to work focused on sustainable development priorities.  

During the Plenary session, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a traditional conversation with foreign businessmen and investors. In almost two hours, the head of state answered questions from 16 representatives of the business community about the development of the Russian capital market, the decisions that the Russian authorities make to maintain the financial stability of the country's economy, and the potential for investment in ESG projects in Russia.  

The second day of the forum was opened by the session of VTB Infrastructure Holding "Infrastructure projects - driver of economic growth", which was attended by Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic, Alexey Chekunkov, Executive Vice President of VINCI Concessions, Belen Marcos, Head of Mubadala Russia & CIS Investment Program Faris Al Mazrui and other representatives of international and Russian business. Experts spoke about problems in construction, objections to breakthrough development projects, the introduction of ESG standards in concessions, improvement of international cooperation and optimization of the industry including the disruption of logistics chains.

At the session of VTB Capital Investments "Drop in the sea or a tidal wave: what effect do individual investors have on stock markets?" The central theme was the role of private investors in the development of the Russian and foreign capital markets. The participants of the discussion, including Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia, Alexey Zabotkin, Chief Executive Officer of Moscow Exchange, Yuri Denisov, Assistant President of China International Capital Corporation, Frank Xu and representatives of investment funds, assessed the future of market ESG instruments and global democratization of the stock market, and also identified areas in which investment can bring stable profitability in the coming years.

Session on sustainable development "ESG - Right Here! Right Now?” dealt with the role of man in the new ESG realities and the impact of the sustainable development agenda on Russia. The session was addressed by Natalia Zubarevich, Professor of the Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia, Beatriz Morilla, Chief Executive Offices of the Empieza por Educar Foundation, and others.  

Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB, said: "The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone think about what kind of world we would like to live in, what kind of world we would like to leave behind and how to achieve it. This year, the whole world is taking unprecedented steps to solve global climate, social and economic problems. In such conditions, it is very important to maintain a stable dialogue between business, the state, investors and the market. At the forum, we formulated the main trends in line with which the world community will develop in the next few years and what specific tools will help gain an advantage without sacrificing the interests of ordinary people." 

Broadcasts of the sessions, photos and news can be found on the official website.

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