RBCC’s RussiaTalk 2008
On October 21-22, 2008, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce held its annual RussiaTalk Investment Forum, bringing together members of the British and Russian business and political communities to discuss economic and trade links between the new nations. This year’s conference included panels such as “Future Trends for Investors in Russia” and “Russia’s Business Expansion on Domestic and Global Markets,” moderated, respectively, by BBC World correspondent Jonathan Charles (in middle at left) and Ekho Moskvy host Yevgeny Kiselyov. Highlights included an opening address by British Ambassador Anne Pringle and HSBC Bank’s announcement of plans to expand its retail branch network in Russia. In reference to the current economic situation, some participants were pessimistic while others voiced a cautious optimism, pointing out that crises can encourage innovation.