A delegation of the Board of Directors of the EBRD has begun a six-day mission to Russia during which the group will visit two key Russian regions and Moscow, hold talks with the government and regional authorities and meet business leaders.
The mission, part of a regular series of EBRD Board consultations, will start in the southern city of Togliatti, an important industrial hub in Russia’s Samara region and home to one of the country’s largest automobile plants. The EBRD directors will then head for Ulyanovsk in a neighbouring region 200 km to the Northwest.
The directors will after that travel to Moscow for the final part of the mission.
The programme includes a series of visits to project sites involving both existing and potential EBRD clients aimed at giving the mission first-hand information about developments in what is the Bank’s largest country of operation, accounting for a third of all its investments.
Representatives of the EBRD Board on this visit include:
Anthony Bartzokas, representing Greece and Portugal
Claire Dansereau, representing Canada, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia
Toshiyuki Furui, representing Japan
Michel Grilli, representing the European Investment Bank (EIB)
Eran Pollak, representing Israel, Austria, Cyprus, Malta and Kazakhstan as well as Bosnia & Herzegovina
Stefka Slavova, representing Bulgaria, Poland and Albania
In-Chang Song, representing Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt
Jochen Steffens, representing Germany
Denis Morozov, representing the host nation, the Russian Federation, as well as Belarus and Tajikistan
The visit will end on June 7.
The Board of Directors represents the 64 countries and two international institutions which own the EBRD.