Despite the current unstable economic situation, low oil prices, and negative economic development forecasts for the current year, many experts consider Russia's current circumstances perfect for doing business with the country like never before. According to their estimates, performance in Russian industries will vary, and growth will be expected in certain sectors of the economy. In addition, there are many promising niches that are opening and willing to cooperate with foreign investors under quite favorable terms.
The goal of the conference is to assess the investment attractiveness of individual economic sectors and subjects of the Russian Federation, discuss the regulatory and legal environment in Russia and further opportunities for foreign companies and investors, and develop the business ties with the Russian Federation.

Key Topics
  • Analysis of the current economic situation in Russia and forecast for economic development in 2016-2017.
  • Investment opportunities in specific industries.
  • Foreign investments raising tools and support mechanisms.
  • Realistic assessment of the economic risks and opportunities for foreign companies.
  • Opportunities for the foreign companies to participate in the import substitution programs.
  • Regulatory sphere of Russia. The positive changes and problem issues.
  • representatives of the foreign business community, investors;
  • representatives of foreign companies in Russia;
  • representatives of foreign embassies in Russia;
  • federal and regional executive authorities of the Russian Federation;
  • representatives of legal companies;
  • representatives of Russian industrial companies;
  • key experts and analysts.

10:00 – 10:30 am. Participant registration

10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Plenary session. Opportunities and Rules of the Game in the Russian Market

Philipp Sterkin, Economics Editor, Vedomosti daily

Issues for discussion
  • Analysis of the Current Economic Situation in Russia and Forecasts for 2016-2017
  • Which Industries are Expecting Growth?
  • Why is Russia More Appealing than Other Emerging Economies?
  • Investment Opportunities in the Most Appealing Industries.
  • Realistic Estimate of Economic Risks and New Opportunities for Foreign Companies.
  • What Can the Government Offer to Improve the Investment Climate? Tools to Attract and Mechanisms to Support Foreign Investment.
  • How Can Foreign Companies Participate in Import Substitution Programs? Are There Any Restrictions and/or Difficulties for Foreign-Funded Company Products on the Russian Market?
Natalia Akindinova, director of Centre of development institute, HSE
Stanislav Voskresensky, deputy Minister, Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation
Maksim Oreshkin, deputy Minister, Ministry of finance of the Russian Federation
Alexis Rodzianko, president and CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
Gleb Trofimenko, electronics & energy business group, country business leader, 3M Russia  
Stanislav Voskresensky, deputy Minister, Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation

12:30 – 01:00 pm. Media scrum

12:30 – 01:00 pm. Coffee break

01:00 – 02:30 pm. Panel Session. The Regulatory Framework of Russia. Positive Changes and Problematic Issues for Foreign Companies and Investors

Recent years have witnessed quite a few positive regulatory changes. There are, however, been certain systemic problems undermining FDI attraction and foreign-funded companies operating in Russia for quite a while. The major challenges include an unstable and outmoded legal framework, the enactment of new laws open to double interpretation and their arbitrary enforcement, high administrative barriers, and the ongoing imposition of new taxes, etc.
As part of an interactive dialog, session participants will focus on the positive changes, discuss current issues and suggest potential ways of making the rules of the Russian market clearer and more accessible.
Session participants include: foreign-funded company representatives; delegates from the Foreign Investment Advisory Council; officials from legislative, regulatory and fiscal authorities; lawyers.

Anatoly Aksakov, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on financial markets
Arsen Ayupov, managing partner, RE Group
Sergey Krylov, vice-president government affairs, Siemens Russia
Andrey Tsyganov, deputy head, FAS Russia
Alexey Vorobyov, government relations director, Pepsico Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan

02:30 – 03:30 pm. Lunch