A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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Roundtable 2.4. Attracting Investment: Banks vs Capital Markets
7 June 2018
As sources of investment for businesses, banks and capital markets simultaneously compete with and complement one another. A developed securities market makes it possible to attract significant and long-term investment, which is vital for Russian companies. A surplus of liquidity in the banking sector stimulates banks and stokes activity on the financial market. The rapid development of the domestic corporate bonds market in 2017 continued the trend of using bonds as a partial replacement for loans, although most borrowing by non-financial organisations still occurs in loan form. The current status of the Russian capital market is characterised by low capitalisation of the stock market, as well as a low bond debt-to-GDP ratio, high entry barriers for medium-sized businesses, and weak development of the securitisation market and project finance instruments.
• Why does the volume of investment attracted by Russian companies through placement of shares and bonds continue to lag significantly behind lending by banks?
• Where can additional internal sources of long-term financing for Russian companies be found at a time of active international sanctions and a closed European bonds market?
• What key factors determine the investment appeal of Russian companies?
• How can the circle of issuers be widened and major, reliable borrowers be encouraged to raise funds on the capital market?
• What risks are borne by businesses depending on their chosen means of raising financing?
• What additional methods can be used by the regulator to support and stimulate the use of capital markets by companies in need of investment?
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Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Roundtable hall 2 (first floor)
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