VTB Capital’s sixth annual "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum in Moscow successfully concluded. The Forum was attended by over 2000 guests, including more than 400 international and Russian investors, as well as representatives from government, key regional authorities and heads of major Russian companies.
During the two day Forum participants discussed the most important issues impacting the Russian and global economy. Some of the topics addressed included the priorities and direction of the Russian economic development, macroeconomic policies, as well as how to spur regional growth.
The plenary session on “Russia’s development agenda – exploring new opportunities”, was attended by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin who delivered the keynote speech of the Investment Forum during the second day.
Other notable Plenary session speakers included Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman at Pirelli & C. S.p.A., Ravi Ruia, Vice-Chairman at Essar Group, Meng Wanzhou, Executive Board Director at Huawei, Liang Xinjun, CEO at Fosun Group, and Olivier Charmeil, CEO and President at Sanofi Pasteur. Andrey Kostin, VTB Bank President and Chairman of the Management Board, moderated the session.
During the Plenary session, experts discussed the balance of interests in the global economy, Russia’s objectives and national interests, the opportunities for sustainable economic development, priorities for infrastructure, modernisation and growth rates of production in the country, the expansion of international relations and economic security, as well as other significant issues for the Russian and global economy.
During the second day of the Forum, a panel session "Macroeconomic policy – crucial choices" was held, which focused on the development of the Russian economy and banking sector, fiscal and monetary policies, and other relevant topics. Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, moderated the session.
The speakers were Andrey Kostin, VTB Bank President and Chairman of the Management Board, Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of the Russia Federation, Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, Governor of the Bank of Russia, Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of the Russian Federation, and Herman Gref, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Sberbank of Russia.
VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" has established itself as a key event in the financial market calendar. It reiterated the need for a constructive dialogue with investors to ensure mutually beneficial cooperation and sustainable development of the Russian and global economy.
This year's Forum was widely covered in the media and was attended by more than 400 representatives of key international and Russian media outlets. Media partners included some of the world's leading media outlets. Sessions of the Forum were broadcast by key international and Russian TV channels including Rossia 24, CNBC, Channel One, RBC TV, and RT. So far there have been more than 1500 articles published covering the Forum.
Alexei Yakovitsky, Global CEO at VTB Capital, said: "The high level of participation during the "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum 2014 reflects the continued intense interest in Russia’s economic and investment potential. We are pleased with the outcome of the Forum, and especially the fact that we have once again managed to attract leading international experts and heads of companies from around the world. Maintaining this constructive dialogue will ensure the development of mutually beneficial cooperation. Given the current market conditions, investor interest in the "RUSSIA CALLING!" Forum is particularly important, and we are grateful to all those who have taken part in the Forum for their insightful engagement."
VTB Capital, the Investment Business of VTB Group, is one of the three strategic business arms of VTB Group, along with the corporate and retail businesses. Since its foundation in 2008, VTB Capital has taken part in more than 490 ECM and DCM deals, which were instrumental in attracting more than USD 200bn worth of investments to Russia and CIS.
VTB Capital offers a full range of investment banking products and services to Russian and international clients, focusing on arranging operations in the debt, equity, global commodities markets, developing investment and asset management, advising clients on M&A and ECM deals in Russia and abroad. VTB Capital operates in London, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Sofia, New York, Paris and Vienna, with headquarters in Moscow.
VTB Capital holds top positions in debt and equity capital markets, as well as M&A, in Russia, CIS and CEE according to the 2011-2013 league tables by Dealogic, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.
VTB Capital’s research team was ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor All-Russia Investor Survey in 2014 and Thomson Reuters’ Extel Survey in 2011 and 2012. VTB Capital has been named Best Equities Sales and Trading firm in Russia by the annual Thomson Reuters Extel Survey and Institutional Investor All-Russia Survey since 2011.
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