Russian Economic
and Financial Forum
in Switzerland

Fifteenth Session
12 March 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

Exhibitions and presentations


- Program
- Administrative information
Provisional program in .docx format



Registration of delegates



Opening session.


Welcome messages. Russia-Switzerland bilateral relations. 70th anniversary of the reestablishment of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Switzerland. International and regional cooperation – security concerns and new challenges. Role of different branches of power in the promotion of stable social and economic development of the country.

 Raphaël COMTE

President of the Council of States

 Alexander GOLOVIN

Ambassador of Russia in Switzerland


State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

 Pierre HELG

Ambassador of Switzerland in Russia

 Micheline CALMY-REY

Former President and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

 Konstantin KOSACHEV

Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Council of the Federation


Member of the Council of States, Co-President of the Friendship Group Switzerland-Russia of the Swiss Federal Assembly

 Sergey ROGOV

Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Sciences


Professor of the Communications, Media and Design Faculty of the Higher School of Economics, Presenter of the Russian TV show “In the Meantime”


11.00 – 11.20

Coffee break



Economic session


Russia-Switzerland economic cooperation and trade relations. Perspectives of the Russian economy to overcome the impact of the world economic and financial crisis. Influence of the decreasing energy prices and international sanctions. Distribution of powers and tasks between state institutions and business community in the modernization of the national economy and promotion of the economic growth. New markets and opportunities.


Secretary of State – Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of Russia


Trade Representative of Russia in Switzerland

 Gennady OVECHKO

Permanent Representative of Russia at the World Trade Organization

 Vladimir MAU

Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

 Alexander AUZAN

Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Moscow State University


Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and Economic Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences


Director of Domaine Burnier

13.30 – 15.00 Lunch

Financial session


Road map for reforming the international financial sector. Improvement of the monetary and credit policy, optimization of taxes, regulation of financial markets. Establishment of favorable investment climate and improvement of business environment. Facilitation of the access to the capital markets for Russian entrepreneurs. Influence of the foreign and internal policy on the international financial cooperation.

  Alexander KARRER

Deputy State Secretary, State Secretariat for International Financial Matters


State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia

  Myret ZAKI

Editor-in-Chief of Bilan magazine


Executive Director of the Swiss Press Club


President of the All-Russian Insurance Association


Deputy Chairman of the Board, Sberbank of Russia

  Vladimir NAZAROV

Director of the Scientific and Research Financial Institute of the Ministry of Finance of Russia


16.40 – 17.00

Coffee break


Banking session


Long-term strategy of the Central Bank of Russia to ensure the stability of the national banking system, its regulation and supervision. Swiss financial place and its role in the international and bilateral banking cooperation. Operations of Russian banks in Switzerland and Swiss banks in Russia – problems and solutions.

 Mikhail SUKHOV

Member of the Board and Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia


President of the Association of Russian Banks


Director General of the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency

 Peter McNULTY

CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank (Switzerland)


Chairman of the Board of Directors of the MDM Bank


Financial Ombudsman

19.00 – 21.00 Reception

Administrative information

Date and place: Saturday, 12 March 2016 at the Conference Center of the Hotel President Wilson, 47, Quai Wilson, CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.

Working language: English will be the working language of the Forum.

Please note: For reasons beyond the control of organizers, it may be necessary to alter partially the content and/or the timing of the program or its speakers.

Time limit for the registration: Completed registration forms and payments must arrive no later than Thursday, 25 February 2016. Please register online at the Forum’s web site

Registration fee is CHF 1990 per delegate from Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals and permanent residents) and includes attendance at all plenary sessions, coffee breaks, lunch, receptions, simultaneous Russian-English interpretation and applicable taxes.

Cancellations: We do not make any refunds of the registration fees. Substitutes are accepted at any time with a written notice received in advance.

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