The 13th VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!"

Calendar
November 30 – December 1, 2021
Online forum

VTB Capital Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" brought together participants and viewers from 106 countries

The 13th Annual VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" has come to a close. It was attended online by business representatives, politicians, managers and interested viewers from 106 countries. Discussions on key economic trends unfolded during the five sessions, broadcast live on leading Russian and international platforms.

The first day of the forum was devoted to the discussing macroeconomics, the transformation of markets and business in post-pandemic conditions, the impact of new strains of coronavirus on the global economy and the transition to work focused on sustainable development priorities.

During the Plenary session, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a traditional conversation with foreign businessmen and investors. In almost two hours, the head of state answered questions from 16 representatives of the business community about the development of the Russian capital market, the decisions that the Russian authorities make to maintain the financial stability of the country's economy, and the potential for investment in ESG projects in Russia.

The second day of the forum was opened by the session of VTB Infrastructure Holding "Infrastructure projects - driver of economic growth", which was attended by Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic, Alexey Chekunkov, Executive Vice President of VINCI Concessions, Belen Marcos, Head of Mubadala Russia & CIS Investment Program Faris Al Mazrui and other representatives of international and Russian business. Experts spoke about problems in construction, objections to breakthrough development projects, the introduction of ESG standards in concessions, improvement of international cooperation and optimization of the industry including the disruption of logistics chains.

VTB Capital Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" is held since 2009. Every year the event attracts an authoritative audience, including representatives of government agencies, heads of Russian and international companies, and investors. The agenda of the forum covers the most pressing issues of the global economy, finance and business sectors. The forum's influence and informative value for the business community has been repeatedly recognized by a number of international awards, including the IPRA Golden World Awards, Extel Survey, Communicate Magazine's Corporate and Financial Awards.

At the session of VTB Capital Investments "Drop in the sea or a tidal wave: what effect do individual investors have on stock markets?" The central theme was the role of private investors in the development of the Russian and foreign capital markets. The participants of the discussion, including Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia, Alexey Zabotkin, Chief Executive Officer of Moscow Exchange, Yuri Denisov, Assistant President of China International Capital Corporation, Frank Xu and representatives of investment funds, assessed the future of market ESG instruments and global democratization of the stock market, and also identified areas in which investment can bring stable profitability in the coming years.

Session on sustainable development "ESG - Right Here! Right Now?” dealt with the role of man in the new ESG realities and the impact of the sustainable development agenda on Russia. The session was addressed by Natalia Zubarevich, Professor of the Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia, Beatriz Morilla, Chief Executive Offices of the Empieza por Educar Foundation, and others.

Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB, said: "The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone think about what kind of world we would like to live in, what kind of world we would like to leave behind and how to achieve it. This year, the whole world is taking unprecedented steps to solve global climate, social and economic problems. In such conditions, it is very important to maintain a stable dialogue between business, the state, investors and the market. At the forum, we formulated the main trends in line with which the world community will develop in the next few years and what specific tools will help gain an advantage without sacrificing the interests of ordinary people."

News

01 December 2021 21:07, Kommersant Head of Market Sector Clients — Dmitry Snesar, Senior Vice President at VTB at ESG - Right Here! Right Now? session 01 December 2021 19:47, Kommersant “State has plenty of support measures” Oleg Pankratov CEO, VTB Infrastructure Holding — “Goals and Means” Program 01 December 2021 18:30, RBC Poverty reduction may be caused by higher availability of investments and growing retail investor demand for various assets, said Dennis DeBusschere, founder, president and chief strategist of 22V Research at VTB Capital’s “Russia Calling!” forum. “Democratization of investment and consequent poverty reduction should follow a long-term approach to asset selection, because the whole world gets access to various assets, and if people make correct choices and hold assets for a long time, it would be right. If investments become a way of gambling, then of course, the effect would be reversed, and then poverty levels could rise”, — he said. According to DeBusschere, people from different classes with differing incomes should choose relevant assets. For example, the expert said that young people have higher risk appetites and prefer assets with the highest returns. Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to develop measures for protection of retail customer funds invested in securities. Particularly, he proposed to introduce personal income tax deductions for long-term investments into Russian securities. Furthermore, the President requested to consider options for state co-financing savings of retail investors resulting from share sales. In 2020 exchanges saw an inflow of customers caused by the reduction of the key rate to the historic minimum of 4,25%. According to Moscow Exchange, the number of such investors over the last year went up by 5 million customers up to 8,8 million. This increase topped the total amount for all previous years. By results of this October the number of retail investor broker accounts at the trading platform reached up to 25 million. As VTB reported yesterday, the volume of funds at investment accounts of Russian currently makes up about RUB 9 trillion. According to Rosstat, in the first half of 2021 there were 19,1 million people in Russia living below the poverty level — 13,1% of the population. Over the same period of last year there were 19,4 million of these people, which equals 13,2%. https://www.vedomosti.ru/finance/news/2021/12/01/898507-analitik-otsenil-vliyanie-demokratizatsii-na-uroven-bednosti 01 December 2021 18:29, Vedomosti Analyst ties higher investment availability to poverty reduction 01 December 2021 18:26, RBC Moscow Exchange Head notes higher interest in IPO on Russian market 01 December 2021 17:41, RBC Zubarevich names risks of ESG introduction for Russia 01 December 2021 17:40, RBC Head of SPB Exchange Stock Exchange talks about social investing phenomenon 01 December 2021 17:39, TASS SUEK sees coal demand in next 5-10 years 01 December 2021 17:37, TASS VTB Capital Investments: lack of civilized digital asset market in Russia causes problems 01 December 2021 17:34, RIA News VTB: activity in M&A sphere to burst shortly 01 December 2021 17:28, RBC Kostin talks about “big import component” in Russian inflation 01 December 2021 17:25, TASS Moscow Exchange negotiating with 30-40 companies on IPO in nearest future 01 December 2021 17:20, TASS Senior Vice President of VTB: Social aspect is key in the ESG agenda 01 December 2021 17:17, tass.ru Potapov: Individuals Drive World Stock Market 01 December 2021 15:48, TASS Number of IPOs and SPOs of Russian companies next year may top 2021 results 01 December 2021 15:41, RIA News Kostin: State should establish more coherent control of state corporation borrowings 01 December 2021 14:00, RIA News/Prime Kostin: State should establish more coherent control of state corporation borrowings 01 December 2021 12:58, Interfax Two thirds of Far East and Arctic concessions are major investment projects, one third – social 01 December 2021 12:57, VTB Group Press Office Head of VTB Capital Investments says lack of civilized digital asset market in Russia causes problems 01 December 2021 12:55, VTB Group Press Office VTB Capital Investments announced non-accredited investor testing results 01 December 2021 12:39, Interfax VTB and businessman Bolloyev to reinvest 2 billlion roubles in construction of Gelendzhik airport 01 December 2021 12:36, RIA News/Prime VTB expects Central Bank key rate to drop to 5-5.5% in 2023 01 December 2021 12:31, TASS Head of VTB: Bank profits in 2022 will remain on the same level as in 2021 30 November 2021 16:12, RIA News Putin: we need to determine the right personal data protection model 30 November 2021 16:11, Interfax Putin: labor market in Russia completely restored 30 November 2021 16:09, Interfax Putin: Central Bank of Russia is consistent in holding back inflation with monetary policy measures 30 November 2021 16:09, RIA Novosti Putin: GDP Growth at 4.6% for 9 Months, to be 4.2% Year’s End 30 November 2021 16:05, RIA Novosti Putin: Act Quick and Remove Factors Driving Price Growth 30 November 2021 16:05, RIA Novosti Putin: Accelerated Price Growth — Formidable Problem for Russians 30 November 2021 16:04, Interfax Putin to request Government to prepare action plan in one week to curb risks related to spread of Omicron COVID-19 strain 30 November 2021 16:03, RIA Novosti Global economy recovery rates questionable due to new COVID strain - Putin 30 November 2021 15:32, VTB Group Press Office Forum News RUSSIA CALLING! 2021 30 November 2021 14:56, VTB Group Press Office VTB Capital estimates cost of decarbonisation for the Russian economy at $1.1 tn 30 November 2021 13:47, RIA News Deripaska and Nabiullina engage in direct discussion 30 November 2021 13:46, RIA News Oreshkin describes three scenarios of how new COVID strain can influence world economy 30 November 2021 13:44, Interfaks Russian Ministy of Finance Expects Metallurgy to Invest under New Tax Laws — Siluanov 30 November 2021 13:42, RIA Novosti Putin to Meet VTB CEO Kostin after «RUSSIA CALLING!» — Peskov 30 November 2021 13:41, TASS State Subsidies and Support Increase Causes Leads to Tougher Monetary Policy — Nabiullina 30 November 2021 13:39, vedomosti.ru Nabiullina said that hardline monetary policy does not suppress economic growth in Russia 30 November 2021 13:37, RIA Novosti CBR still expects RF inflation back to 4% target by end of 2022 30 November 2021 13:35, Bloomberg Nabiullina: There is risk of underestimating sustainable nature of inflation 30 November 2021 13:31, TASS Sustainable development to play center stage under political and economic agenda — VTB 30 November 2021 12:31, Interfaks Siluanov: Moderately Tight Budget and Soft Monetary Policy to Drive Economy 30 November 2021 11:21, VTB Group Press Office VTB to Provide 2,5 bln RUB to Social Security Recipients within 2 Years 30 November 2021 11:18, VTB Group Press Office VTB: Russian deposit market to grow in 2022 for first time in three years 30 November 2021 11:15, VTB Group Press Office VTB: yearly growth of retail lending in Russia to top 20% 30 November 2021 11:11, VTB Group Press Office VTB suggests to prolong mortgage state program for beneficiaries in 2022 30 November 2021 09:40, TASS Putin will participate in the 13th “RUSSIA CALLING!” investment forum 30 November 2021 09:28, Kommersant Snesar: Becoming Green at Any Cost? Of Course, No. 29 November 2021 20:29, Interfax Putin to take part in VTB forum, to have talks with new President of Vietnam 29 November 2021 17:30, Reuters EXCLUSIVE-Russia's VTB expects rising interest rates could hit profit next year -CEO 29 November 2021 16:19, VTB Capital VTB Capital presented decarbonization cost estimates for Russian economy and industries 29 November 2021 16:15, Reuters EXCLUSIVE-Russia's VTB could consider IPO for grains business in a few years' time 29 November 2021 11:44, VTB Capital Decarbonization will cost Russian airlines $40 million, says VTB Capital 29 November 2021 11:05, Reuters Possible new U.S. sanctions on Russia's OFZ market not a serious threat to financial stability -VTB Bank 27 November 2021 12:00, Kommersant Narrow focus in wide-angle format 27 November 2021 10:00, RBC VTB’s First Deputy Chairman names three challenges for Russian economy 26 November 2021 19:18, Market Screener VTB Bank public joint stock: plans to issue up to 20 billion rubles ($266.9 mn) as part of ESG lending program 26 November 2021 17:50, Sputnik News Service Interest of Western Business Toward Russian Market Remains High - Lavrov 26 November 2021 17:49, Contify Banking News VTB plans to issue up to 20 billion rubles ($266.9 mn) as part of ESG lending program 26 November 2021 17:49, Bloomberg VTB Capital International Forum 'RUSSIA CALLING!' to Broadcast Online Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 26 November 2021 16:45, Forbes Creator and driving force: how retail investor restored market balance 22 November 2021 16:35, Contify Banking News VTB Capital has placed ESG bonds worth 137 billion rubles ($1.86bn) 22 November 2021 16:33, RBC VTB Capital has placed ESG bonds for RUB 137 billion 17 November 2021 17:53, VTB Capital RUSSIA CALLING! Forum to bring together businesses, investors and government officials in an open dialogue 10 November 2021 10:46, VTB Capital New economy, ESG, investment trends: what will be discussed at "RUSSIA CALLING!" 03 November 2021 12:38, RIA Novosti Putin plans to participate in the RUSSIA CALLING! Forum 03 November 2021 11:00, Kommersant “We learned a new way of living – on-screen” 01 November 2021 11:25, VTB Press-Office Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" will be held November 30 - December 1 in online format
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation

“As usual the Forum brings together Russian and foreign entrepreneurs, investors and experts of the highest level and range in order to have an open and professional discussion of the current issues on the business agenda to consider the main trends in the economy of Russia, primarily, and also of the economy of the entire world”

Moscow, 2019
Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation
Moscow, 2019
Vladimir Putin
Andrey Kostin
Andrey Kostin
President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank

“We are happy to welcome you at the 11th Annual Investment Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" The advantage of our forum is that it is very stable. We have a growing number of participants and we thank you for coming over. I hope that we are going to end up with interesting investment projects that will be mutually beneficial”

Moscow, 2019
Andrey Kostin
President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank
Moscow, 2019
Andrey Kostin
Yuri Soloviev
Yuri Soloviev
First Deputy President and Chairman
of the Management Board of VTB Bank,
Chairman of VTB holding companies Board of Directors

“The primary purpose of VTB Capital’s "RUSSIA CALLING!" Forum is to show the whole spectrum of investment possibilities in Russia, provide ground for the contacts between foreign investors and executive authorities. We believe that we have managed to draw the top-persons of the Russian government and leaders of Russian business, and we hope that we will be able to raise questions that are really interesting for the investors”

Moscow, 2019
Yuri Soloviev
First Deputy President and Chairman
of the Management Board of VTB Bank,
Chairman of VTB holding companies Board of Directors
Moscow, 2019
Yuri Soloviev

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Frequently
Asked
Questions

All questions

What is the format of VTB Capital Forum "RUSSIA CALLING!" this year?

The Forum is held in an online format, the broadcast of the session will be available on the Forum's website www.russiacalling.com. Participation in the Forum does not require registration

Can I ask the speaker a question? How can I do it?

Yes. During the Forum days, there will be a "Ask speaker a question" window under the broadcast screen

In what language will the Forum broadcasts take place?

The broadcasts will be available both in Russian and English languages, all Forum sessions will be accompanied by synchronous translation

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