About Forum


The 8th annual VTB Capital “RUSSIA CALLING!” Investment Forum was held 12-14 October 2016 in Moscow.

VTB Capital has sucessfully concluded its eighth annual “RUSSIA CALLING!” Investment Forum today. The three-day Forum, held in Moscow, attracted over 2000 guests, including 500 investors from 60 countries, heads of leading Russian and global corporations, government representatives and opinion leaders from across key global financial markets.

The agenda of the Forum gave participants an opportunity to discuss the most significant issues in the Russian economy and wider global context, explore export trends and import substitution efforts currently undertaken by major Russian companies, as well as share their views on the ways to take future mutual cooperation forward.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, delivered the keynote speech of the Plenary Session. Moderated by Andrey Kostin, the session, titled “Sustaining responsibility. Expanding opportunities”, covered a range of topics fundamental to the successful development of Russian economy today, including the paradigm for Russia’s next economic growth phase, the structural shifts induced by the external shocks, focus on attracting investment and remaining a competitive exporter, and the need to bridge Europe and Asia, while mitigating geopolitical risks.

The Forum’s sessions were attended by a range of prominent speakers, including Ministers of Finance Аnton Siluanov and Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev, Governor of the Central of Russia Elvira Nabiullina, the Chairman of the Board of Auchan Holding Wilhelm Hubner, the Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank International AG Karl Sevelda, managing director of ONGC International Narendra Verma, CEOs of major international and Russian companies.

During the forum there were also organized about 1000 one-on-one meetings for the Russian corporates and investors. 

Alexei Yakovitsky, Global CEO at VTB Capital: “Every year VTB Capital’s RUSSIA CALLING Investment Forum attracts a notable array of world-renowned experts, global company leaders and investors to discuss the key Russian economy trends and challenges, while focusing on the steps that should be taken to further diversify mutually beneficial investment opportunities and facilitate work on large-scale investment initiatives. In times of shifting geopolitical climate, as Russia’s leading investment bank, we believe a constructive, substantial dialogue with international financial community is one of the most productive ways for future collaboration, and we are grateful to all the participants for their interest and insights”.