5 April 2017, Moscow – More than 2,000 Russian and international investors, senior policy makers and captains of industry gathered today at the Ritz-Carlton for the Moscow Exchange Forum 2017.
The forum provided an update on the state of the Russian financial markets, growth of the economy through capital raising efforts by Russian companies and priorities for government oversight of financial markets.
In line with tradition, the opening plenary session was led by leading economic and financial figures. The session kicked off with opening remarks from Moscow Exchange's CEO Alexander Afanasiev, and a welcome address by President Vladimir Putin read out by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
Minister Siluanov was then joined by Chairman of the MOEX Supervisory Board Alexey Kudrin; Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina; Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin; Sberbank CEO Herman Gref; and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev for an animated discussion on the Russian economy today and prospects for tomorrow.
The rest of the day was no less lively, with breakout sessions covering issues such as regulation as a key market growth driver; digital challenges in the new economy; and prospects for more capital raisings in Moscow. Throughout the sessions, speakers noted the positive impact of reforms carried out by Moscow Exchange in recent years, helping to bring a broad pool of international investors to the market, and contributing to an increase in liquidity. The February 2017 Detsky Mir IPO, which was two-times oversubscribed and attracted a diverse mix of international investors, was often cited as an example of this trend.
Today's event was the first of Moscow Exchange's financial forums in 2017, with similar events planned for London, New York and Shanghai later this year.
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