The Russia Forum, a leading annual business and investment conference devoted to Russia which is held in Moscow, brings together representatives of many countries who speak different languages and hold many different views, but who assemble to discuss relevant global problems, and opportunities for investment in Russia. The Russia Forum is a place where new business contacts are formed, collaborative efforts strengthened and interesting joint projects born.
The current economic situation testifies to the fact that Russia has emerged from the crises of the past two decades stronger and more advanced. The nation’s GDP has now surpassed pre-crisis levels and the ratio of government debt to GDP remains one of the lowest in the world. Russia’s foreign exchange reserves rank among the top five in the world. The country also remains a main beneficiary of high oil prices. However, in 2012, GDP growth slowed down, which is connected with rising inflation. One of the more interesting tendencies of late has been the increase in the fair market value of Russian equities due to a reduction in the risk premium.
The Forum’s program traditionally includes discussions on the most relevant and sometimes challenging topics. The above-mentioned challenges and opportunities—as well as a number of other questions facing the global community—will form the basis of the discussions at The Russia Forum 2013. As is customary, the Forum will consist of two blocks:
- April 16-17: One-on-one meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel between the top managers of major companies and investors from Russia, Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
- April 18-19: the discussion part of the Forum will be held in the World Trade Center. This will include speeches by a number of high-profile guests as well as panel and roundtable discussions on pertinent topics.
Thursday, April 18th
08:30–10:00 Registration. Welcome Coffee 10:00–10:10 Yellow Hall
Opening speech. Herman Gref
10:10–10:20 Yellow Hall
Speech by Sergei Ivanov, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office
10:20–11:50 Yellow Hall
Plenary Session. Turning point: Communism was Russia's answer to the challenges of the 20th century. What can we expect in the 21st century?
11:50–12:10 Coffee break 12:10–13:40 Yellow Hall
Plenary Session. Investing in Russia: What Drives Investors Today?
13:40–15:15 Lunch 15:15–16:30 Yellow Hall
Tapping the Potential of Siberia and Russia’s Far East
Commodities Markets: the New Reality
How Can the Valuation Gap of Russian Companies Be Overcome?
16:30–16:50 Coffee break 16:50–17:30 Yellow Hall
Speech of Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Friday, April 19th
09:00–10:00 Welcome coffee 10:00–11:15 Yellow Hall
Can Russia Replicate China’s Infrastructure Miracle?
Where does the big money go?
Paths of Development for the Stock Market
11:15–11:30 Coffee break 11:30–12:45 Red Hall
The Domestic Gas Market: on the Path to Increased Competition?
Russian Retail and Consumer: How to Play the Theme in 2013?
Finance and Telecoms: Two Sectors Converging
12:45–14:15 Lunch 13:00–14:00 Green Hall
Round table held by RUSSIA 24 TV program Mnenie (Opinion)
14:15–15:30 Yellow Hall
The CNBC Summit: Banking on an Unconventional Future