The annual VTB Capital Investment Forum Russia Calling! took place in Moscow October 13-14, 2015. This forum is a top events to attract portfolio and strategic investments to the Russian economy. It contributes to effective interaction between Russian business and international investors.
Since its inception in 2009, the forum has attracted an authoritative and influential audience from Russia, CIS countries and key regions of the world, promoting effective cooperation between Russian business and international investors. In the meetings, participants discuss priorities of Russian economic development, promotion of regional growth and the main trends on the debt and equity capital markets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin traditionally participates in the forum, as do government officials. In 2015, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukaev, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Industry Minister Denis Manturov and Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina joined foreign investors and Russian big business. This time, the international investment community was represented by LafargeHolcim executive director Eric Olsen, head of Quantum Pacific International Idan Ofer and chairman of Fraport Stefan Schulte. Among the Russian speakers were Rusal president Oleg Deripaska, Magnit founder and CEO Sergei Galitsky and Rosneft president Igor Sechin. VTB Capital signed an investment agreement with the Moscow region at the forum.
It is notable that VTB Capital decided to hold a major international investment forum in the current circumstances. The investment bank did not hold events in London and New York this year. Sberbank CIB, the main competitor of VTB Capital, decided to postpone its traditional investment conference this year, as it did last year, due to the impact of Western sanctions on business.