Moscow Government Calls on American Businesses in Boston and New York

    Moscow Government Calls on American Businesses in Boston and New York

PR Newswire

BOSTON and NEW YORK, March 13, 2013

BOSTON and NEW YORK, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On Monday, March 18, in
Boston and on Wednesday, March 20, in New York the Moscow Government and KPMG
will host concluding presentations of their Destination Moscow Roadshow 2013 –
a series of events in the UK, Germany, Singapore, Japan and the U.S. –
designed to engage the international business community and promote
constructive dialogue with investors around future opportunities in the city
that is at the heart of Russia's growing economy.

The Boston event will take place on March 18 at the Hotel InterContinental
Boston from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The New York City event will take place on March 20 at the InterContinental
New York Barclay from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

At the events, a delegation from the Moscow Government will present its
credentials to U.S. authorities and representatives from American businesses
interested in developing a presence in Moscow. The city of Moscow already
attracts more than 25% of the foreign direct investment into Russia and has
become a key location for 70% of Fortune 500 companies.

Keynote speakers among the delegation from the Moscow Government will include
Sergey Cheremin, Minister of the Moscow Government and the Head of the
Department for External Economic and International Relations, as well as
representatives from the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the Bank of Moscow,
USRBC (the U.S.-Russia Business Council) and U.S. investors in Russia.

Discussions will be moderated by Marc van der Plas, Member of Executive, KPMG
Russia & CIS. They will highlight the City Government's commitment to working
towards the introduction of international standards and targets to further
improve the business climate, enhance productivity and move towards the
production of high-value added goods. 

Key points about the U.S. trade relationship with Russia include:

  oThe U.S. is one of Russia's leading trading partners. For the first 9
    months of 2012, trade between Russia and the United States was more than
    $29.4 billion, of which U.S. exports to Russia amounted to almost $7.5
    billion.
  oFifty percent of Russian imports from the U.S. are engineering products –
    the majority of which includes industrial machinery and equipment,
    chemicals and transportation equipment.
  oAbout half of American capital in Russia is in the fuel and energy
    sector.U.S. corporations such as Conoco-Phillips, Chevron, and
    Exxon-Mobil continue to show interest in large-scale investments in this
    area (Sakhalin-1; The Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC); Polar Lights;
    etc.).

Additional key points about Moscow include:

  oMoscow's territory expanded by 140,000 hectares in 2012;
  oIts infrastructure investment has been strong, including the development
    of 3 international airports and a unified transportation system;
  oThe city plans toinvest an additional $100 billion in infrastructure by
    2030 to support projected growth;
  oMoscow boasts a population of almost 20 million people in its greater
    metro area, 60% of whom are of working age, with strong GDP per capita and
    rapidly growing levels of disposable income;
  oThe city places a heavy emphasis on energy efficiency, and the creation of
    a green and safe city – of which a third is already parkland;
  oIt is introducing co-working centers, such as in Nagatino, projected to be
    the largest co-worker center in Europe by 2014;
  oMoscow boasts a range of technology and industrial parks offering tax
    subsidies and administration support, including large planned
    infrastructure projects in Greater Moscow such as Technopolis and
    Aeropolis;
  o40% of all R&D activities in Russia currently take place within Moscow;
  oMoscow has a low crime rate – lower than London, Brussels or Milan;
  oIt is a major historical and cultural tourist center with the largest
    number of theaters in the world.

Sergey Cheremin, Minister of the Moscow Government and the Head of Department
for External Economic and International Relations of the Moscow Government
says: "We are working closely with the federal government to develop Moscow as
a leading International Financial Center. Moscow is well positioned for
growth, and while some barriers exist, our large, educated working population,
low income tax and status as the largest and most developed financial capital
in the region make our city an attractive destination for international
businesses."

Moscow is ranked among the top two global destinations for relocation amongst
international business executives across Europe, the Middle East, North
America and Asia. Mr. Cheremin continues: "Our goal is to firmly establish
Moscow as a hub for global commerce, and the Destination Moscow programs
enable us to showcase our significant commitment to developing Moscow. We
encourage businesses to visit Moscow and discover for themselves the vast
opportunities that exist within our city."

To find out more about Moscow as a destination for business and investment,
visit www.investinmoscow.ru.

For more information please contact Michael Lilly at Porter Novelli on behalf
of the Moscow City Government at
michael.lilly@porternovelli.comor+1-312-552-6313.

SOURCE The Moscow City Government

Website: http://www.investinmoscow.ru