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03.04.2014

EXIAR participates in fifth Northern Dimension Forum

The fifth Northern Dimension Forum, organised by the Northern Dimension Business Council in conjunction with the Association of European Businesses, was held in St Petersburg on 3 April 2014.

This year, the forum focused on ways to enhance competitiveness in regions of the Northern Dimension, specifically, the promotion of public-private partnership in the development of regional infrastructure, and professional training.

The forum began with a workshop on export financing of Russian-made products. During the event, Andrey Polyakov, Managing Director for Regional Development and SME Support at EXIAR, presented an overview of the Agency's activities and spoke about its achievements and regional development challenges that EXIAR aims to address. The workshop also included speeches by Susanne With, Senior Advisor for Corporate Communications at EKN; Topi Vesteri, Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO of Finnvera; Raija Rissanen, Vice President of Finnvera; and Raimo Valo, CEO of East Office. Also attending the workshop was Sergey Zimin, Investment Ombudsman for the Northwest Federal District. Marina Petrova, Head of the EBRD Office in the Northwest Federal District, acted as the moderator.

As part of the forum’s business programme, Northern Dimension working groups held meetings on electricity and energy saving, environment and sustainability, transport and logistics, and professional education. The plenary session addressed the future policy of the Northern Dimension, and public-private partnerships.

The forum was attended by Andrey Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Bulavin, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwest Federal District; Vygaudas Ušackas, Head of the European Union Delegation to Russia; Frank Schauff, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of European Businesses; Alexey Mordashov, CEO of Severstal; and representatives of the business community, heads of Russian regions and senior figures behind public-private partnerships.

The Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR) was established in 2011 as an open joint-stock company. EXIAR’s mission is to support Russian high-tech exports by insuring export credits against commercial and political risks, as well as Russian investments abroad against political risks.Vnesheconombank is the sole shareholder of EXIAR. The agency's charter capital is RUB 30 billion.

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