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Putin to set out reform priorites at the investment forum

February 02, 2012, 8:33 UTC+3

Putin to discuss matters concerning the new realities and challenges Russia faces today

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MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) — On Thursday Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend an investment "Forum Russia-2012". This is an international conference designed to discuss current economic, financial, and socio-economic problems of concern for Russia and the world.

The goverment press service reports, "It is expected that in his speech at a plenary session of the forum, dedicated to the theme of 'Russia's Economic Policy in the Era of Global Changes', Putin will touch upon matters concerning the new realities and challenges, which Russia encounters in light of the transformation of the global economy. He will also point out the advantages and drawbacks of the Russian economy and set out priorities for its reforming".

As of 2008, the investment forum "Russia",organized by the Sberbank savings bank and the Troyka Dialogue Company, has been one of the biggest economic events of the year, which attracts leading internatonal investors, Russian and foreign independent experts, statesmen, public figures as well as the executives of major companies.

The format of the present forum has been considerably enlarged if compared to previous years: the number of those attending almost doubled (3,500 participants and about 200 speakers, compared to 2,000 participants and 123 speakers in 2011).

Regional tours are to be made within the framework of the forum and working meetings will be held to discuss conditions for cooperation with potential investors. A series of discussions and roundtable meetings are also to be held to discuss current problems and trends as well as the specificity of investments at media markets.

Minister of Economic Development Elvira Nabiullina, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, Minister of Education and Science Andrei Fursenko, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyann, Sberbank President and Chairman of the Board Gherman Gref, Ruben Vardanyan, Troyka Dialogue Chairman of the Board of Directors, representatives of leading Russian and foreign companies, prominent economists and experts are expected to participate in the forum.

Gordon Brown, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer (from 1997 to 2007) and UK Prime Minister (from 2007 to 2010), Paul Krugman, professor at Princeton University, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, Nuriel Rubini, professor of economics at New York University, and Raguram Rajan, professor at Chicago Unversity, will be among foreign speakers at the forum.

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