The 10th annual VTB Capital “RUSSIA CALLING!” Investment Forum in Moscow has come to a close. The event brought together more than 2,500 guests, including more than 500 foreign delegates from 63 countries, government officials and heads of major global corporations.
The forum’s agenda included a panel session on macroeconomics with a line-up of high-profile speakers: the Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Alexei Kudrin, President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin, Chairman of the Management Board at SIBUR Dmitry Konov, and Chief Executive Officer – Chairman of the Executive Committee of ALROSA Sergey Ivanov. The participants discussed economic growth, monetary policy, and ways to enhance the competitiveness of the Russian economy and increase resource mobility.
On the first day of the forum, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary session, moderated by President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin. Alongside the President, the speakers’ list for the session included CEO of GF International Investment Management Simon Shangguan, Formula E Holdings Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag, Savencia Fromage & Dairy CEO Jean-Paul Torris, and Mubadala Investment Company Group CEO and Managing Director Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak. The session, titled “Building partnerships. Bridging differences,” included discussions on the key factors driving economic growth, as well as risks investors, companies and the society face.
During the forum, more than 900 business meetings were organised for Russian companies and investors. In addition to this, VTB signed a number of important agreements, including a memorandum to expand cooperation with DOM.RF Housing Development Institution, a cooperation agreement with Roscosmos and another cooperation agreement with Russian Railways and TransTelecom on the Single Travel Card project.
Alexei Yakovitsky, Global CEO at VTB Capital, said: “This year, VTB Capital held the 10th Russia Calling! Investment Forum. The main aim was to showcase the extensive investment opportunities Russia has to offer international partners, and facilitate direct dialogue between government officials, business leaders and the international investment community. The forum attracts a huge crowd every year, which attests to the significance and relevance of its agenda.”