According to the program of the Ministry of Economic Development and Rossotrudnichestvo on the execution of the plan for boosting the performance in the field of international development and humanitarian cooperation (CMP) the Commercial Representation of the Russian Federation in France together with the Russian Center of Science and Culture in France organized the conference "Measures of Improving the Investment Climate in Russia and International Cooperation” on December 17th, 2015. Please find the presentation in French here

The subjects which were discussed, as well as speakers are enumerated below:
1. Encouragement of the International Cooperation by Igor SHPYNOV, Director of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Paris. 
This topic covered realized and current projects in Russia which are aimed at strengthening international relations, establishing close cooperation in the humanitarian sector, as well as forming a positive image of Russia abroad.
   Serguei KRUPPO, Management Representative of the Federal Agency of Russia in charge of fellow countrymen abroad and humanitarian cooperation, presented the Concept of Russian Federation policy dated April 20, 2014 regarding the promotion of international development, as well as the current policy pursued by Russia in this sector.
2. Russian State Guarantees for the Foreign Investors; Measures of Improving the Investment Climate in Russia by Alexandre TOUROV, Commercial Representative of Russia in France, presented the mechanism of guarantees of the Russian government set up during the execution of investment projects.
3. Investment Projects and Sites for Investment in Tatarstan by Iskander YOUSSOUPOV, Secretary-Representative Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan in France.
   Mr. YOUSSOUPOV and his counterparts of the Republic of Khakassiya, region of Novosibirsk and Tomsk, talked about regional initiatives related to attracting investments, as well as about particular Economic Zones.
4. Mechanisms of Financing Investment Projects by Sergei KOVALEV, Director of the Office of the bank VEB in France. His speech concerned mechanisms used by the bank within the framework of the French-Russian cooperation. He also mentioned that during certain projects the bank uses state guarantees.
The conference welcomed representatives of state organizations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in France, French companies such as CIFAL, the SNCF (the National Railway Company of France), Total, Technip, L’Oréal, Wilmotte. Among the participants were the representatives of Russian companies working in France, in particular "Vneshekonombank" and "Aeroflot".
During the conversation after the Conference ended the French businessmen expressed their interest in the implementation of the mechanism of state guarantees during the realization of investment projects in Russia.
Olga Michau, Russia and the CIS Manager of CCIS-EXPERTISE: “Such events, in particular this conference organized by the Commercial Representation of the Russian Federation in France proves that there is always some business to do on the Russian market, even in these times of changes. It also proves that friendly relations between our two countries are still strong.”