Russia's Economic Prospects: Reform or Continuity?
Lucio Vinhas de Souza, Managing Director, Sovereign Chief Economist, Moody's
Richard Connolly, Lecturer, Political Economy, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham
Gareth Babbs, Chairman of the Board, Holcim Shurovo; Managing Director, Oerlikon Rus
Chair: Christopher Granville, Managing Director, Trusted Sources UK Limited
Although Russia's GDP grew above expectations in the first quarter of 2012, it slowed significantly towards the second half of the year. Future growth could be threatened by a declining workforce, the tightening of international credit available to Russian banks and companies, the weakness of the European economy, and growing uncertainty about the future price of oil. Challenges also persist in the form of corruption, uncompetitive markets and an uncertain legal environment.
A panel of experts on Russia will offer their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing the world's sixth-largest economy.
Registration and lunch will be from 12:30. Main meeting from 13:00-14:00.