Press release: Russian-British Business Forum 2017 offers new perspectives on bilateral trade


Press release

Russian-British Business Forum 2017 offers
new perspectives on bilateral trade

Members of the British Parliament and UK business representatives join leaders of the Russian business establishment to discuss building cooperation in innovative sectors of the economy

Moscow – London, 16 November 2017. On 28-29 November 2017, the Russian-British Business Forum Synergy for Growth returns to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London for the third year, with the aim of strengthening bilateral economic relations and trade and investment cooperation between Russia and international economic circles. The RBBF is organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Embassy and the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom, with support from Russian and international partners.

As a result of this ongoing dialogue and growing business activity, 2017 actually saw an increase in trade turnover between Russia and Britain for the first time in the last three years. In fact, turnover grew by more than 20% in the first half of this year, with the UK remaining Russia’s number one partner in service trade.

The forum will bring together representatives of the political and economic establishment of Russia and the UK, including members of the British Parliament, the heads of a number of Russian regions, leaders of trade organisations and unions, representatives from public and private companies as well as young business leaders developing innovative projects in the financial services, information technology and retail sectors of both countries.

During the forum, the following topics will be addressed on the main day – 29 November – in a series of panel sessions:

• Brexit as a source for transforming economic dialogue between Russia and Great Britain
• Tomorrow through the eyes of the financial sector: trust, FinTech, multilateral projects
• Key challenges and opportunities for developing cooperation in Russia with international business circles in various industries
• Investment and business climate in Russia. New opportunities in the regions of the Russian Federation

Eastern Seasons 2017

The RBBF is held as part of the Eastern Seasons Week of business, cultural and sporting events. The week will begin on 27 November with a special performance by Russian virtuoso pianist, Alexei Volodin, who will be joined by fellow pianist Edith Peña and members of the London Chamber Orchestra to present  a programme devoted to the legacy of Russian-British composer Nikolai Medtner. Eastern Seasons Week will also feature film screenings and sports competitions – the Goodwill Tennis Tournament and Eastern Seasons Golf Day.

Partners and sponsors of Eastern Seasons 2017 are BSI Global Group, Sberbank of Russia, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Tatneft, Phosagro, Synergy University, Freedom Finance, Cision PR Newswire, SMP Neftegaz, Rossotrudnichestvo, Blackthorne, Pushkin House, Russian Film Week and Street Child United.

For full programme information and tickets to events, please click here

About the Russian-British Business Forum (RBBF)
The purpose of the RBBF is to develop economic relations and trade and investment cooperation between Russia and international business stakeholders. At the RBBF, Russian and British experts evaluate market dynamics for growth and international trade relationships, identify the key economic trends and investors’ interests, and set up ways of expanding bilateral and multilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The two-day event is organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom, with support from its partners: BSI Global Group, Sberbank of Russia, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Tatneft, Phosagro, Synergy University, Freedom Finance, BLOOMBERG, London & Partners, Skolkovo Foundation, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Westminster Russia Forum, Cision PR Newswire and Rossotrudnichestvo. The Forum is held annually during the Eastern Seasons week of business and cultural events.

To register for the event, please click here, and you can follow the RBBF news on social media via the following links:

About Eastern Seasons

With the support of founding partner BSI Global Group, Eastern Seasons is an annual week of business, cultural and sporting events taking place in London from 26 – 29 November. Established in 2015, the project aims to build trust and foster relationships between people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. Eastern Seasons Week strives to create an international platform for productive business dialogue and cultural exchange in London.

For full programme information and tickets to events, please click here. You can follow the Eastern Seasons Week on social media at the following links:

New Calendar of Events at Moscow EXPOCENTRE

Expocentre is a world-known Russian organizer of major trade shows and congresses in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe with close to 60 years of experience.
All own trade shows of Expocentre are supported by Russian federal executive authorities and national industry associations. Most of these shows are also held under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Expocentre was the first Russian company to join UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in 1975. In 2005 we played host to the 72nd Annual Congress of UFI, the main international association of exhibition organizers.
Expocentre is a founding member of RUEF, the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (since 1991), and a member of the Guild of Exhibition and Fair Organizations of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Due to the development of convention activity, Expocentre also joined AIPC, the International Association of Congress Centres; ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association; IFES, the International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services; EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association; and IAEE, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events.
General Director of Expocentre AO Sergey Bednov serves as a vice president of RUEF, the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs, a member of the boards of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and the Guild of Exhibition and Fair Organizations of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Annually, Expocentre Fairgrounds hosts more than 100 international trade shows with more than one million professional visitors attending and about 30 thousand companies from more than 100 countries participating. It also accommodates more than 700 conventions, conferences and similar events.
Today, Expocentre Fairgrounds comprises 9 fully equipped exhibition pavilions and 35 multifunctional halls for conventions, press conferences, meetings, seminars and symposia. The total exhibition space at Expocentre Fairgrounds is 165,000 sq m comprising 105,000 sq m of indoor space and 60,000 sq m of outdoor space.

Calendar of events:

Moscow | RBCC RussiaTALK Investment Forum at CCIRF, Thursday 2 November 2017

rbccThe Forum will be started off by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent (Patron of RBCC), Sergei Katyrin (President, RF CCI), Roger Munnings (Chairman of the Board of Directors, RBCC), representatives of British Embassy and Russian government.
The Forum will be concluded by evening reception hosted by Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Dr Laurie Bristow CMG. The guests will enjoy an opportunity to celebrate Anglo-Russian relations and further cooperation at the Residence (14, Sofiyskaya emb.).


09:00–10:00: Registration
10:00–10:30: Welcome addresses:
Sergei Katyrin (President, RF CCI)
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent (Patron of RBCC)
Roger Munnings (Chairman of the Board of Directors, RBCC)
Alexander Shokhin (President, Russia Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs)
10:30–10:45: Blitz-interview on the productivity in the financial sector (Stuart Lawson)
10:20–11:50: First panel: Tools to improve productivity

Economic outlook of the productivity challenge by the World Bank’s representative
Productivity of SMEs
PPP programs
Opportunities for Anglo-Russian trade cooperation
Investment optimisation
Digitalisation and brand promotion opportunities
11:50–12:10: Coffee Break
12:10–13:40: Second panel: How Russia is using local and foreign experience to create leading products?


Investment and innovation in enhancing productivity capacity
Transportation and logistics as a key feature to productivity
Productivity of Oil & Gaz sector with regard to challenges of sanctions
Biotech, chemichals, forestry and other industries
13:40–15:00: Lunch

Contact details: +7 495 961-2160


Registration is open for IV International Agricultural Dairy Forum November 8-9, 2017

dairy forumIV International Agricultural Dairy Forum organized by the Government of the Moscow Region with support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation will take place in the House of Government of the Moscow Region, November 8-9
Main topics of the Forum in 2017 are the dairy industry’s common challenges and development strategies in today’s world. Representatives of Russian authorities, industry alliances, business communities and foreign guests will discuss a wide range of issues related to the development of the dairy industry in Russia and around the world.
Speakers and Forum participants will summarize the preliminary results of three years of sanctions in the dairy industry and assess the feasibility of electronic veterinary certification and the requirements of the Customs Union. Within the Forum’s sections and round tables discussions will be held on the structure of state support for the industry and countermeasures for falsification in the dairy industry.
The business program of the Forum will also include topics related to the development of the world dairy market, a reduction in demand for dairy products, the role of business and cooperation in the production of milk. Cluster solutions in the dairy industry will be a separate topic of the Forum.
On the platform of the Forum will take place an exhibition with presentation of dairy products, industrial equipment, and results of the investment projects related to dairy industry in Moscow Region.
To participate in the Forum, you need to go through the registration procedure at Participation in the Forum is free of charge.

Official website:

Open Innovations Forum 2017, Moscow, 16-18 October


“A significant factor in development is, of course, new technologies,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the plenary session of the Financial System of a Competitive Economy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions forum. “Quite recently, we adopted the Digital Economy programme that covers all spheres of life. We are planning to discuss this programme in the near future during the Open Innovations forum in October at Skolkovo. I invite all those who are interested to take part in the forum. “But it should be understood that digital technology, both in our country and abroad, is not only an enormous breakthrough, it also brings a set of challenges, and that is clearly visible if we take the financial sector as an example. On the one hand, distributed ledger technology (blockchain) – both crypto-currencies and so-called smart contracts – increase market possibilities. On the other hand, the absence of general rules for the application of these instruments creates threats for the markets. The major global banks, therefore, are now agreeing on joint work in this sphere. The Russian banking community is also beginning to develop their approaches,” said the prime minister.

The Open Innovations forum is the key international platform in Russia for discussing global tech trends, sharing experiences, and presenting the latest solutions.

The basic principles of the exhibition space are:
— maximum concentration of tech solutions
— effective interaction of participants
— interactive expositions.

Download presentation: Open Innovations 2017_ENG

The annual Open Innovations forum has been held in Moscow since 2012 under the aegis of the Government of the Russian Federation and is rightfully considered a unique discussion platform for participants in the formation of an innovative ecosystem.

The forum’s main goal is the development and commercialization of new technologies, the popularization of world technology brands and the creation of new tools for international cooperation in the field of innovation. The program includes plenary sessions and themed sessions, an exhibition, educational events, seminars and master classes, innovative shows, business meetings and, of course, informal networking.

Contact details:

Tel: +7 (495) 956 00 33
Free hotline: 8 (800) 250 09 21

Eastern Economic Forum 2017

EEF2017The second Eastern Economic Forum is set to take place on September 6–7, 2017 in Vladivostok, with the participation of high-level Russian government officials. The event provides a showcase for Russia’s new economic policy in the Far East.

The Forum will be attended by business leaders from Russia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, with presentations of new investment opportunities and proposals for specific investment projects. Participation in the Eastern Economic Forum can help open up a short route to business success.

More information about Forum at

Russian-British Business Forum «Partnerships for growth. New strategies»



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30 November – The Russian-British Business Forum
Venue: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

The Russian Trade Delegation together with partners in the UK and Russia organizes the second Russian-British Business Forum 2016 «Partnerships for growth. New Strategies». The Forum will be held on November 29-30 in London to discuss challenges and opportunities for bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

The Forum 2016 brings together key segments of the UK and Russia economy for productive dialogue on future growth. The co-organizers are the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the partners: The Embassy of Russia in the UK, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Agency for Strategic Initiatives (Russia), Skolkovo Foundation (Russia).

200 attendees and 50 spokespeople from the UK and Russia will attend, representing a wide range of industries and interests at governmental and corporate level. The participants are organizations from the financial services, IT Sector, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Professional Services, Energy, Oil and Gas, Mining and Natural Resources, Life Sciences and the Health Sector, Food and FMCG, Retail.

The Forum is focused on prospects for cooperation between Russian and British companies and trends in support of businesses and provides the following benefits for attendees:

  • Opportunity to hear about the latest business opportunities in Russia, challenges and success stories;
  • Meeting high level government officials and representatives of financial institutions, Russian regions and companies from Russia and the UK;
  • Networking opportunity – including pre-arranged Government-to-Business and Business-to-Business meetings during a dedicated One-on-one networking event;
  • Advice from UK International Trade Advisers and Business Specialists on export-import operations and doing business with Russia.

29 November – Evening reception at the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom (Russian Trade Delegation in the United Kingdom, 32-33 Highgate West Hill, London, N6 6NL);

30 November – The Russian-British Business Forum, Panel Discussions and B2B/B2G session meetings (Business meetings and negotiations between Russian and British companies for discussion of business opportunities, deals and projects (booked in advance)) (The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE)


Download Russian-British Business Forum programme.

Download Russian-British Business Forum presentation.



London, 7 November 2016
The InterContinental London Park Lane The Ballroom

banner-tanker-980-300-1As the leading hydrocarbons exporter the Russian oil and gas industry has been a key player in the international market. Understanding the current specifics and trends of Russian crude exports is essential to assessing and forecasting the global market.
As the organiser of this event, St Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX), Russia’s leading commodity exchange, seeks to assist international partners in developing efficient engagement with Russian exporters, understanding trends in Russian production, trading Russian crude, logistical and risk management tools available. Partnered with Russian majors, government regulators, the leading industry information agencies, SPIMEX will be providing an intensive, information packed conference day culminating in a cocktail reception.
The industry’s benchmarking and derivative contract base develops to reflect the changing commercial, geological and production environment. Exchanges and pricing agencies seek to provide up to date sophisticated tools for hedging, pricing, benchmarking, market transparency. St Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange and its clearing partner SDCO seek to provide a dedicated risk management and security of supply tool for exporters and buyers of Russian export crude.
One of the key elements on the agenda is the Urals based deliverable futures contract with FOB Primorsk delivery point which is being launched by SPIMEX later this year.

  • Urals Day is an event for oil industry and professional trading community.
  • Free access for pre-registered guests – please contact the event Operator for registration.
  • Limited spaces – please register early to guarantee availability.
  • English as the main conference language, simultaneous interpretation into Russian provided for Russianspeaking guests.
  • For advertising and sponsorship opportunities please contact the Operator

Download event Agenda.

For registration please visit organisers website.

Contact Information:

For registrations:
Ekaterina Poluyanova
+44 20 8349 1999 ext. 306

For programme queries:
Pavel Strokov
+7 (495) 380-04-24 ext. 2107
George Pirchalaishvili
+44 208349 1999 ext. 301

For sponsorship opportunities:
George Pirchalaishvili +44 208349 1999 ext. 301


RBCC Centenary Business Forum

enterprise_and_regulatory_reform_bill-600x300Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Centenary Business Forum will take place on Tuesday 27 September at the British Medical Association in Tavistock Square.
The Business Forum, held annually in London, brings together Russia-facing business communities and Russian companies in the UK to discuss issues affecting business between the UK and Russia.
The Forum will comprise panel discussions and interviews of senior representatives of RBCC member companies who will consider the challenges of business during the current political climate, as well as sharing insight on prospects for further economic growth in a variety of industries.
The Forum also provides great networking opportunities for those involved or interested in Russo-British business relations.

Since its foundation in 1916, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote trade and cooperation between the UK and Russia, helping companies in both countries to find trading partners and representing the interests of its member companies of all sizes.
With offices in London, Moscow and St Petersburg, the modern-day Chamber provides up-to-date advice and market-entry support to both Russian and international companies, along with regular information through our website, monthly e-mail newsletter, and quarterly members’ magazine, the RBCC Bulletin.
Today the RBCC has a membership base, representing Russian, UK and international companies interested in strengthening their existing ties with Russia/UK or expanding into a new market. Continuous programmes of high-quality conferences, trade missions and seminars offer our members valuable opportunities for learning, networking and business development, while our long-standing contacts with government and business circles in both countries mean that we are strongly placed to assist our members.

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Westminster Russia Forum and Shepherd & Wedderburn – «Post-Brexit Trade Opportunities»

GB-Russia-Flag-LogoWestminster Russia Forum and Shepherd & Wedderburn provide a unique and timely assessment of the opportunities for UK-Russia trade post Brexit. With an opening discussion of 5 minutes per panellist and followed by a networking drinks reception the panel will assess the opportunities, sectors and challenges facing UK and Russian businesses.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Daniel Kawczynski MP, Deputy Chairman of the APPG Russia & Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury & Atcham
  • Sergei Averin, Head of London Office, Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Anna Jenner, Head of Business Development, Visit Russia
  • Nic Cobb, Chairman, Westminster Russia Forum (Chair)
  • Ben Wells, Solicitor, Shepherd & Wedderburn
  • Steven MacVicar, Editor, Eurasian Business Briefing

Westminster Russia Forum events will be live broadcasted on the WRF website ( and facebook. The feature is still in test phase, feedback is welcome.
Next broadcast is scheduled for 8 September 2016 at 19:00 GMT – «Post-Brexit Trade Opportunities» event.

The Westminster Russia Forum (WRF) is a London based members not-for profit members’ forum that was founded in 2012 to promote a greater cultural, commercial and political understanding between the UK and Russian Federation. The WRF’s membership is drawn from both the UK and Russia as well as the Former Soviet Union and we regularly organise networking events with a wide range of high level speakers from across the cultural, political and commercial fields.

The aim of the Westminster Russia Forum is to allow for a free and open forum for discussion, with speakers ranging from serving UK Government Ministers, senior Russian diplomats, and leading UK & Russian business/cultural leaders.

The WRF also provides a unique networking platform for all those with a keen interest in Russian history, politics, business and the arts as well as maintaining and promoting healthy relations between the United Kingdom & Russian Federation.

More Information at: