Programme

Russia’s Regions: An Investor’s View

RUSSIAN ECONOMIC AGENDA
ROUNDTABLE
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G5

Moderator:
Yury Bogdanov , Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists
Artem Avetisyan , Director of the New Business Department, Agency of Strategic Initiatives; Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organization Leaders Club
Alexander Kalinin , President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia
Sergei Kelbakh , Chairman of the Board, Russian Highways
Veniamin Kondratiev , Head of Administration (Governor) of Krasnodar Territory
Nikolay Lubimov , Acting Governor of Ryazan Oblast
Agnessa Osipova , President, Russian Franchise Association (RFA); President, Baskin Robbins Production International
Andrey Pankov , General Director, Renault Russia
Philippe Pegorier , President, Alstom Russia; Member of the Board, Association of European Businesses (AEB)
Maksim Reshetnikov , Acting Governor of Perm Territory
Svetlana Chupsheva , Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives


Igor Esin , Chairman of the Board of Directors, NIIK (Research and Design Institute of Urea and Organic Synthesis Products)
Vladimir Krasnoborodko , General Director, The Stamp of the Union State
Andrey Nikitin , Governor of Novgorod Region

Broadcast

Key moments

Business does intend to invest.
Alexandr Kalinin
The quality of work with investors in the regions is the key issue.
Alexandr Kalinin
Franchising drives the development of small and medium-sized business.
Agnessa Osipova
President, Russian Franchise Association (RFA); President, Baskin Robbins Production International
Today, investing in Russia is very trendy. Any Russian asset is super-attractive for investment.
Andrei Belousov
Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Our key task is to attract extra-budgetary investment in order to minimize government spending and to attract the maximum possible volume of monies from the market.
Sergei Kelbakh
Chairman of the Board, State Company Russian Highways
Today, investors are chasing projects that are structured, packaged, figured-out, and have clear financial parameters. The organisational and legal elements and risk assessment, including the risk of the executive authorities intervention, are also important.
Sergei Kelbakh
Chairman of the Board, State Company Russian Highways
Foreign investors mostly trust not the governor, but those who have already arrived and are working ‘on the ground’.
Nikolay Lubimov
Acting Governor of Ryazan Oblast
Fighting corruption is very important. A foreign investor will never invest money in regions where corruption exists.
Philippe Pegorier
President, Alstom Russia; Member of the Board, Association of European Businesses (AEB)