Russia: Seizing the Opportunities
Business Roundtable
Pavilion 5, Business Breakfast Hall 5.4

In 2013, bilateral trade between Russia and Italy reached record levels of about USD 52 billion, with mutual direct investment topping USD 3.4 billion – soon to be complemented by an RDIF–Italian joint development fund of USD 1 billion. While sanctions have resulted in a 10% dip in trade turnover in 2014, it remains on a strong footing, with over 500 Italian companies operating in Russia, and Italy maintaining its position as the second largest European market for Russian exports. In the midst of geopolitical tensions, what practical steps can businesses and policymakers take to further stimulate bilateral economic activity? Is there a role for business to create an improved atmosphere for political dialogue between the two countries? What sectors hold the most potential for expanding economic ties?

Vladimir Dmitriev , Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Antonio Fallico , President, Conoscere Eurasia Association; Chairman, Board of Directors, Banca Intesa

Federica Barbaro , Chief Executive Officer, Prime Shipping Pietro Barbaro Group
Federica Guidi , Minister of Economic Development of the Italian Republic
Arkady Dvorkovich , Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Fabrizio Di Amato , Chairman, Maire Tecnimont SpA
Alessandro Castellano , Chief Executive Officer, SACE Spa
Andrey Kostin , President, Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Supervisory Council, Member of the Strategy and Corporate Governance Committee, VTB Bank
Lev Kuznetsov , Minister of the Russian Federation of North Caucasus Affairs
Carlo Messina , Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Intesa Sanpaolo
Riccardo Monti , President, Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ICE)
Mauro Moretti , Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, Finmeccanica SpA
Vassily Nebenzia , Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Romano Prodi , President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation; Prime Minister of the Italian Republic (1996–1998, 2006–2008)
Cesare Maria Ragaglini , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic in the Russian Federation
Edoardo Reviglio , Chief Economist and Head of Economic and Statistical Research, Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP)
Igor Sechin , President, Chairman of the Management Board, Rosneft Oil Company
Marco Tronchetti Provera , Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman, Pirelli & C SpA
Sergei Chemezov , Chief Executive Officer, Russian Technologies State Corporation
Alexander Shokhin , President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)


Key moments

Political difficulties come and go but joint efforts and partnership remain and serve as a basis for improving the lives of our fellow citizens.
Anatoly Artamonov
The interlocking of our cultures and economies over the last five centuries has been so firm that it would be impossible to erase this history without causing irreparable harm to both sides.
Igor Sechin