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EXIAR sponsors second Forum of Development Institutions

On April 2–3, 2014, Yekaterinburg hosted the second Russian National Forum of Development Institutions, organised by the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation and the Middle Ural Development Corporation. This year, the Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR) was one of the forum’s sponsors.

The Forum of Development Institutions is a communication platform for investors, national and regional development institutions, and contractors to discuss best practices for implementing investment projects and to develop methods to maximise the investment potential of the Russian regions.

The forum was opened by Igor Slyunyayev, Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, and Yevgeny Kuivashev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region. Both Boris Titov, the Russian Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights, and Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, attended the forum.

On the first day of the forum, the Plenary Session, entitled ‘Inter-level Cooperation between Development Institutions’ addressed ways to organise efficient collaboration between development institutions. Andrey Polyakov, Managing Director for Regional Development and SME Support at EXIAR, spoke about the Agency’s accomplishments and regional development challenges that EXIAR is currently facing. A series of round table discussions were also held on the first day of the event, including some which focused on the establishment of industrial parks and attracting investment.

EXIAR held a round table session entitled ‘Export Support Institutions at the Regional Level. Successful Projects and Approaches’. Representatives of the Russian Agency for Small and Medium Business Support, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, regional chambers of commerce and industry, and the banking sector attended the conference.

The participants in the round table meeting addressed state support for Russian exporters following Russia’s accession to the WTO, cooperation between the banking sector and export support institutions, and discussed the current status and opportunities for the development of regional export infrastructure. Alan Thompson, Russia Director at the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, presented a report outlining the international practice for building an export support system, drawing on British experience. Andrey Polyakov, Managing Director for Regional Development and SME Support at EXIAR, gave a presentation of EXIAR's activities, and spoke about the state support programme for Russian exports and its mechanisms. Representatives of Sberbank of Russia and the Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development emphasised the relevance and timeliness of the specialised product for SMEs that EXIAR launched at the end of 2013, which enables banks to insure their credit risks when financing export-oriented customers.

On the second day of the forum, the participants discussed new markets for attracting investment for the period to 2030, successful regional modernisation practices, and mechanisms for building sustainable development systems for SMEs.

This year, the forum brought together an unprecedented number of delegates, including Carlos Bronzatto, Executive Director of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Adrian Devitt, Department Manager for Economic Analysis & Competitiveness Policy at Forfás, Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise and science; representatives of the business community, federal ministries, heads of Russian regions, heads of chambers of commerce and industry of various countries and representatives of international investment agencies.

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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