Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
«I am indeed delighted to welcome all those taking part in the "RUSSIA CALLING!" Forum. The list of attendees underlines that well-known entrepreneurs and the leading business consultants in the investment and banking spheres have gathered here today. These are the people who determine the way the wind blows on the financial markets and who influence investment strategies.»
Andrey Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank
«I am very pleased that today – when investors all over the world feel uncertain and hesitant about the situation on stock and financial markets – the interest to “RUSSIA CALLING!” Investment Forum is so high»
Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, Chairman of VTB holding companies Board of Directors
«The primary purpose of VTB Capital’s «RUSSIA CALLING!» Forum is to show the whole spectrum of investment possibilities in Russia, provide ground for the contacts between foreign investors and executive authorities. We believe that we have managed to draw the top-persons of the Russian government and leaders of Russian business, and we hope that we will be able to raise questions that are really interesting for the investors.»
Mikhail Zadornov, President and Chairman of the Board of VTB 24 Bank
«The Forum left a very good impression. There were many participants who contributed to very substantial discussions during the event. “RUSSIA CALLING!” has concluded with many fruitful bi-lateral meetings and business arrangements. The Forum always provides a good platform not only for world-class speakers but also for business people to meet and reach mutual business agreements»
Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation
«“RUSSIA CALLING!” is a unique platform. It is excellently organized, as always. It’s also very impressive that it’s attended by representatives of numerous media outlets. So even if you are not able to personally take part in the event you can watch a live broadcast of the Forum. Furthermore, the Forum is an excellent communications platform and provides unrivalled access to people who are interesting to talk to. From my point of view, everything went well. And what is more, I have heard in the so-called lobby that today Plenary Session was the best in all the history of “RUSSIA CALLING!” Forum. The topics are quite actual, everyone saw how the discussion was flaring – even when the sun sank over the horizon both the panel’s participants and audience had desire to continue the discussion on the announced topics»
Lazarus Zim, Managing Director CEO, Atisa Group
«RUSSIA CALLING! is phenomenal! I am honored to be a part of this very successful investment forum. VTB Capital has put together a very insightful conference and to have the President on stage answering questions. It is a great experience!»
Ksenia Yudaeva, Bank of Russia First Deputy Governor
«It is evident that ”RUSSIA CALLING!” has become a significant event for the Russian economy. The sessions I took part in were very formidable in terms of the audiences and speakers, and especially the discussion topics where the key issues of Russia’s economic policy were addressed. …I hope that the Forum was just as interesting and useful for its main target audience, so that investors know that Russia is calling!»
Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
«The Forum is very timely. Autumn is the start of the business season and the right time to compare notes with investors……It is important for the Russian Government to talk about what’s happening in the country and get the relevant feedback about what’s being done correctly and what we are lacking»
Mikhail Abyzov, Minister for Interaction with the Open Government of the Russian Federation
«I have to say that it’s the fourth time when I visit VTB Capital “RUSSIA CALLING” Forum. And this year, as well as in the previous years, it is, as always, on the top level. I like the level of participants, and the list of speakers, and the prepared agenda. I believe that this event has found its niche and has one of the key roles among the similar platforms and world-level conferences»
Ilya Yakubson, President of the DIKSI Group
«I liked the Forum very much. This is the second year that I have participated and it’s been a real success. The Forum has a very formidable list of speakers, as well as very timely and relevant discussion topics. I consider “RUSSIA CALLING!” one of the most important annual events held in Russia»
Sergey Kelbakh, Chairman of the Management Board of Avtodor
«As always, the Forum is well structured and attracts a large number of investors and market players, both from the financial and manufacturing sectors. Our company gets yet one more opportunity to participate, and a very effective opportunity, to present the company’s projects and initiatives»
Alexander Ivlev, Managing Director, Ernst &Young Russia
«VTB Capital’s “RUSSIA CALLING!” Investment Forum has become one of the key events in Russia allowing us to discuss modern trends in the economy and financial sector. The Forum is of great importance and the level of participants is so high – we see a dialogue between the leading specialists in their fields of expertise. The Forum has become one of the best and most interesting, objective and progressive platforms for the international business community»
Andrey Nikitin, Director General of the autonomous non-commercial organization “Agency of Strategic Initiatives for Promotion of New Projects”
«The Forum provides participants the opportunity to communicate directly to a high-profile audience to express their position on a number of issues. There are people here that can make decisions …and the Forum will enable them to take these decisions in the best possible way!»
Jin Liquin, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
«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»
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group
«I think Russia is calling the world to take a look at Russia and to realize the opportunities that Russia can give you. I can tell you in the case of the Citigroup which is where I work, Russia is one of the top five priority countries in the world»
Nadya Wells, Member of the Board of Directors of East Capital Explorer AB
«All in all, Russia is definitely a very rich country. The country has a great potential for economic development… Managerial resources quality in the country is rather high and can be all too often envied by many Western companies.»
Dominique Cerutti, Chairman and CEO of the Altran group
«Certainly, VTB Capital’s Forum is an important and a significant event. We were impressed that Vladimir Putin has personally participated in the discussion. He has emphasized the significance of event with his attendance»
Markus Leininger, Principal in SIMRES Real Estate
«VTB Capital’s Forum is an excellent possibility for the development of relations between Russia and the European business community. Direct dialogue that takes place during the Forum is a tremendous step towards the mutual understanding between investors and the representatives of different sectors of the Russian market. High level speakers who are the leaders of Russian and International business, and also the actuality of the topics are highly interesting for any European businessman»
Ivan Crnjac, Vice President, Agrokor
«I am really excited to be a part of VTB Capital Forum this year. We have a long standing relationship with VTB that has been supporting our company during the most important times of its development and obviously we are looking forward to further fruitful relationship»
Natalia Kapersky, CEO, InfoWatch
«The Forum represents all areas of economy and business with high profile government officials participation. I met so many interesting people, therefore it is the best place to find out what is crucial for our country and business»
George Sebulela, Group Chairman and President, Sebvest Group
«The Forum is very impressive, especially to see how many guests there are here from over the world.
VTB Capital has grown tremendously recently, and I think there is no better investment company to deal with»
Ravi Ruia, Vice-Chairman, Essar Group
«Our cooperation with VTB Capital started two years ago but during this period it has been one of our most satisfying experiences. We find people at VTB Capital very professional, diligent, responsive and constructive. It has been a pleasure working with them as they have supported us a lot in all our efforts. We would like to be an ambassador of Russian companies in India and we will do everything we can to support VTB Capital in its business.»
Richard Quest, CNN International anchor and reporter
«People always think that when they come to "RUSSIA CALLING!" they can’t say anything controversial or criticize. But what you discover at the VTB Capital Forum “RUSSIA CALLING!” is that you can come here and question policies. We had a very good debate on some extremely controversial issues. At the Forum you discover that it is possible to say these things and to have that sort of debate.»
Mark Christensen, Co-Portfolio Manager at DoubleLine Capital LP, USA
«The unique of the Forum was in having the President come and step in and being able to see first hand and hear from him first hand, you would not have this opportunity anywhere in the world so I thought it was a great opportunity today!…I was pleasantly surprised to see the President of Russian Federation on the agenda and I think you could not have got a better speaker for the conference and even the other four attendees. It was good to here from them in a difference aspects and color that they have on their investments with Russia»
Tomas Smith, Mеtlife, USA
«The Forum is absolutely unique and brings together issues, Russian corporate issues with investors, policy makers, it’s absolutely the paramount event focus on Russia during the year.... Obviously the most interesting thing was the interview with Putin. It’s very interesting to hear a global leader like Vladimir Putin speaking to investors directly, answering questions about politics, about economics, covering the whole scope of what’s important to investors right now»
Lawrence Yau Lung Ho, Chairman & CEO, Melco International Development Ltd
«Once again, thank Mr. Kostin for inviting to speak at the Plenary session. All of us had a wonderful time in Moscow and enjoyed the Plenary session so much. We're particularly thrilled to meet Mr. President Putin in person!!»
Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice Chairman Porelli & C. S.P.A.
«I greatly appreciate the level of participation which made the Forum an effective gauge of the actual situation and an occasion for frank and constructive dialogue between the global investment community, leading Russian companies and key ministries. Dialogue is the key to understanding all the players in this game and the right path to a better common future.»
Alexey Simanovsky, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia
«I liked the Forum very much. I think ”RUSSIA CALLING!” needs not only a panel session but also a whole set of presentations and discussions. The Forum’s theme was very interesting, profound, complex and multifaceted and I was very engaged by what was discussed during the event.»
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”.