VTB Capital Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" brought together participants and viewers from 103 countries

The 12th VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!", which was for the first time held online, has finished. The Forum’s events were broadcast at leading Russian and international media platforms and were available to viewers across the globe.

The first day of the Forum, themed “Global Challenges, Local Remedies”, was dedicated to discussions of the current status of global and Russian economy in light of the pandemic and instruments for adaptation and transformation of businesses and markets under the crisis.

At the macroeconomic plenary session Russian President Vladimir Putin held a traditional conversation with foreign businessmen and investors. Over two hours the President answered questions of 18 representatives of foreign business community on challenges, faced by the world during the pandemic, on decisions, made by Russia to cushion the effects of the crisis on the economy and the social sphere, on the investment potential of the Russian market.

On the second day, “Post Pandemic Investment Horizons” session of VTB Capital Investments featured Mark Mobius, founder of Mobius Capital Partners LLP, Jim Rogers, international investor and author other leading speakers, who discussed capital market strategies and smart investing in the next year. The participants talked about ruble exchange rate, debated relevance of negative interest rates for Russia and once again underlined their commitment to portfolio diversification.
Participants of “The Pandemic and Technologies for a Safe Future” session, including Ancha Baranova, Professor, School of Systems Biology, George Mason University (Virginia, USA), Mikhail Oseevskiy, President and Management Board Chairman, Rostelecom, Tigran Khudaverdyan, Executive Director, Yandex Group, and experts reviewed efficient practices of digital technology implementation in infrastructure of Moscow and regions, and also discussed the situation in Russian healthcare, battling the virus at the frontlines.

Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy CEO-Chairman of the Board, VTB, stated: “One of the key advantages of our forum is its continuity, and this year we upheld our reputation despite the challenging pandemic situation. 2020 is a year of unprecedented challenges for each and every one of us, and now it is crucial to support the dialog of business, state, investors and markets. We are all in search of a rational response model to enable development of business community, society, economy. Over the two days at the forum we managed to define a toolset which will maximize efficiency of our efforts to combat the aftermath of the pandemic”.

Session broadcasts, images and news are available at the official website.