By Ivan Anderzhanov
Russian’s Renaissance Capital has named June 28 and June 29 as the dates for its 14th investment conference in Moscow.
The emerging markets bank did not hold an event in the capital last year after selling 50% of the business to the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov amidst Russia’s biggest every economic contraction on record.
This year’s event will take place a week after the government’s economic forum in St Petersburg.
Rencap said the focus of this year’s conference goes beyond Russia to include the CIS and other emerging markets, examining “their synergies, opportunities for cooperation.”
It said the two-day beano will be attended by 2,000 participants, including apparatchiks and chief excecs from companies across the CIS, China, India, Africa and Central Asia. Many investors will also be in town to raise a toast to Rencap’s lazarus-like rebound.
Past headliners have included former British premier Tony Blair and former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Some mischief makers suggested Greek premier George Papandreou would be invited to answer for his country dragging Europe into a mire of sovereign debt. It is believed that Bill Browder has as much chance as Papandreou of starring at the Moscow conference.