21 Nov 2005 14:26

Interfax and Chatham House to host Moscow Business Dialogue on Nov 22-23

Interfax Information Services Group (Interfax Group) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London, are due to hold the second annual Moscow Business Dialogue conference entitled "Investment in Russia - Problems and Solutions" in Moscow on November 22-23.

"The task of our forum is to give investors specific guidelines for business in Russia and help them understand the development prospects of individual economic sectors more clearly," said Mikhail Komissar, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Interfax Group. "It is also our goal that participants in our forum should be able to sense, via direct contacts, changes in sentiments both among market participants and among investors, to feel the ‘pulse of life,‘ and have one-to-one meetings with some of those who represent major changes that are under way both in the economy as a whole and in individual sectors. The aim of such meetings is to facilitate wiser, more correct investment decisions."
The conference will also look at the development of Russian regions and at individual Russian industries, such as information technology, communications, and energy, problems of building a consumer loan market in Russia and emissions trading.
The forum will include plenary sessions, meetings of specialized groups and negotiations between participants.
The key speakers are: Alexander Zhukov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister; Igor Shuvalov, Aide to the Russian President; Andrei Illarionov, Chief Economic Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation; German Gref, Russian Minister of Economic Development and Trade; Viktor Khristenko, Russian Minister of Industry and Energy; Dmitry Milovantsev, Russian Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Communications; Robert Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer, TNK-BP; Jean Lemierre, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Edward Nassim, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, International Finance Corporation; Michel Perhirin, Chief Executive Officer, ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria; Vladimir Gerasimov, General Director, Experian Interfax Bureau of Credit Histories.
The lead sponsors are Vneshtorgbank and Shell International. The other sponsors are Vnesheconombank, SUAL, TNK-BP, KPMG, Baker & McKenzie, National Reserve Bank, and Rosgosstrakh. Information support is rendered by the dailies Kommersant and The Moscow Times and the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
The conference takes place at the Baltschug Kempinski hotel.