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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Roscongress Foundation and ACRA to Present a Research on Russian Regional Bond Market

ACRA Rating Agency has prepared a research called ‘Regional bond market: reasons for stagnation’ which reviews the outcomes of subfederal and municipal bond placement in 2019. The research is the result of expert and analytical cooperation between ACRA and the Roscongress Foundation.

«Acting as a leading non-financial development institution, the Roscongress Foundation nurtures a wide range of research on business events agenda. The ACRA’s research based on the dynamics of regional bond market objectively and in detail considers the main advantages and disadvantages of this investment instrument and is targeted at both regional authorities and all those who are interested in finance,» noted Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev.

ACRA analysts have come to a conclusion that Russian regions are becoming less interested in bonds. In 2019, 15 bond issues were placed totaling RUB 96.75 billion. At the same time, the overall placed amount hardly changed compared to 2018, but the number of new placements in 2019 dropped by one forth. Last year, only nine regions and two municipalities went to the public bond market, while in 2018 new bond issues were made by 14 regions and one municipality, and in 2017 — 29 regions and three municipalities.

According to ACRA analysts, regions’ interest in bond market is declining despite favourable conditions that exist for them. In 2019, the profitability of subfederal bonds for the first time went down to the lowest values for the whole period analyzed (since 2013). Last year, the weighted average return of regions’ initial bond placements was 7.2 per cent per annum, while in 2013, before the crisis, it was 8.1.

«Regions had almost no need in loan-based funding, because their income was growing. Last year, the number of regions implementing the budget at a deficit nearly halved compared to 2017,» commented Elena Anisimova, head of ACRA’s Sovereign and Regional Ratings Group. She noted that under the current circumstances Russian regions in need of funding prefer bank loans that are more easily manageable due to the possibility to close them in advance or decrease the rate.

‘Regional bond market: reasons for stagnation’ research is available in the ROSCONGRESS.ORG Information and Analytical System.

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