Opportunities for Investments and the Prospects of Doing Business in Russia
Being the 6th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity (PPP) and the geographical bridge between Europe and Asia, Russia can play a significant role in strengthening economic dialogue and co-operation with main partners in both regions.
With a vast landmass, extensive natural resources, a consumer market of over 140 million people and acute infrastructure needs, Russia offers an immense wealth of investment opportunities. In addition, the country has established 26 special economic zones (SEZs) with specific legal status and economic benefits to attract Russian and foreign investors. Cumulatively, Russia’s SEZs currently houses more than 550 companies, with more than 90 foreign investors from 29 countries.
The forum aims to provide a long-term platform to facilitate business partnerships and develop joint investments, collaboration and trade facilitation. The forum will also allow the participants to deliberate on the opportunities, challenges, threats and the road forward towards improved economic integration between Europe and Asia, particularly OIC countries, and the role that alternative finance mechanisms such as Islamic finance can play.