Dmitry Medvedev’s opening address:
Good afternoon dear colleagues.
I’d like to start with some introductory remarks without going into specific issues of our extensive agenda. Vnesheconombank as it is seen from its Supervisory Board composition is not only a key development institution but it is also built in the Government’s program of anti-crisis measures. The Bank is actively involved in carrying out a plan of high-priority measures to ensure sustainable economic development and this might be one of its most important functions now. The more so, VEB is experienced in operating under crisis conditions, here I mean a period of 2008-2009 when the Bank participatedin carrying out virtually all anti-crisis measures – it supported banks that suffered fromliquidity issues then, operated on the stock market and helped Russian companies to refinance their foreign debt obligations.
And at the current stage the Bank’s main goal remains to be funding of the real economyon acceptable terms and above all projects to develop import substitution production facilities especially those associated with products and services that are needed for normal operation of enterprises that came under sanctions.
System-forming enterprises are also in need of the state’s large-scale support,that is,large and very large enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises, above all in the regions with complicated economic situation including mono-cities. It’s very important to provide increased guarantee and insurance support for Russian exporters of high technology and non-raw materials products.
Moreover, one of the most important objectives continues to be providing support for Russian exports for them to be more competitive and to be in demand on new markets. So, enterprises that have high export potential and are ready for this sort of activity should be given a chance to receive credits on a preferential basis. To engage in all these activities, VEB must operate in the most efficient way and it was for this reason we discussed an issue of the Bank’s additional capitalization and of funding its operations.Relevant decisions have been already made on this score including as part of the government plan for top-priority measures. I hope that all these decisions will be implemented in due time.
Today we’ll discuss quite a few projects and take appropriate decisions in his respect.
Funds for VEB’s additional capitalization as part of the government’s anti-crisis plan are to be allocated by late 2015
Moscow. April 2. INTERFAX - Funds for VEB’s additional capitalization as part of the government’s anti-crisis plan are to be allocated by the end of the current year, said VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev.
“Funds are most likely to be allocated by the end of the year”, V. Dmitriev said to journalists on Thursday.
“All decisions remain unchanged and funds will be allocated”, said Vnesheconombank’s Chairman.
“There is a decision that VEB will be provided with 300 billion rubles from the NationalWealth Fund to support its charter activity. This decision remains unchanged is not to be discussed”, said V. Dmitriev.
VEB to purchase bonds of the Federal Grid Company (FGC)
MOSCOW April 2 (Reuter) – State Corporation Vnesheconombank has agreed to purchase bonds of the Federal Grid Company – operator of the Unified National Electricity Grid for an amount of 40 billion rubles from pension funds thus handing over money to it for investments, said Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev to journalist on Thursday.
VEB will spend halfof cleared pension funds from 80 billion rubles bonds, he said.
“We made a decision to purchase this company’s bondsfor its investment activity for a period of 30 years”, Dmitriev said.
FGC’s investment program for 2015-2019 approved by the Energy Ministry is worth 564 billion rubles but the company is considering reducing it because of the crisis. According to Rosset Holding, FGC investments could fall 42 percent to 325.5 billion rubles.
FGC has already placed the so-called infrastructure bonds in 2013 for an amount 100 billion rubles, which were bought out by Vnesheconombank.
The company also asked the Government to provide it with funds to implement grid infrastructure projects for BAM and Transsib.
According to Dmitriev the Bank received only one request of FGC for receiving this money as well as indicative proposals from a number of companies including Kamaz.
Given funds and possibilities, and in case of receiving appropriate requests from companies, issues of buying out their bonds will be submitted to consideration by VEB’s Supervisory Board.
VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev said that the Bank had made a decision concerning methods of working with companies in offshore zones under anti-corruption legislation.
MOSCOW, April 2 – RIA Novosti/Prime.VEB developed standards for working with borrowers in offshore zones under anti-corruption legislation, said VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev to journalists.
“A decision was made concerning methods of working with companies in offshore zones under anti-corruption legislation, he said on Thursday after a meeting of VEB’s Supervisory Board.
“We have developed our own standards allowing us now to work and take decisions both on the basis of our Supervisory Board’s decisions as well as some independent decisions not inconsistent with the underlying decisions taken by Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board including changes to the Law on Vnesheconombank in connection with anti-corruption legislation”, explained Dmitriev.
Investors of the Sochi Olympic facilities were granted the right to spend 20% of receipts for their development
Moscow. April. INTERFAX – Investors of Olympic facilities in Sochi are to be granted the right to spend 20% of receipts for their development – a relevant decision was approved by Vnesheconombank’s (VEB’s)Supervisory Board on Thursday.
VEB Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists that a decision had been taken that 20% from a free cash flow with regardto Olympic borrowers will be allocated to perform tasks associated with capital construction, that is, car parks, development of resort zones.
“We have discussed several issues associated with the Sochi Olympics. We consolidated debts of RogSibAl(a part of Oleg Deripaska’sBasEl) a hotel and a cargo port (LLC the Sochi Imeretinsky port). We earmark additional funds for the companyto settle with its creditors and start restructuringlike all other companies”, said Dmitriev.
“That is, everything that is needed to boost investment appeal of these projects and toincrease tourist flow”, he said.
VEB’s funds for the Olympic village whose area is more than300 thousand square meters amounted to 15.5 billion rubles, with its total value being about 24 billion rubles. RogSibAl implemented the project. VEB earmarked 3.7 billion rubles for the Sochi Imeretinsky port project, with its total value being 6 billion rubles.
VEB earmarked about 55 billion rubles for Interros Olympic facilities with their total value being about 70 billion rubles.
VEB’s Supervisory Board takes decision on a number of charitable issues including providing support for the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC)
Moscow.April 2. INTERFAX – Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board made decisions at its meeting on Thursday on a number of charitable issues including providing support for ROC, said Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev.
“We discussed and our Supervisory Board approved a number of charitable issues associated with providing support for the Russian Orthodox Church”, V. Dmitriev said to journalists after the meeting of VEB’s Supervisory Board.
We discussed a number of projects funded by the Bank in aviation, automobile, space and housing construction industries.
Dmitry Medvedev’s Opening Address:
This year we are holding our final meeting of VEB’s Supervisory Board and as usual, we have a very intensive agenda. On the one hand,it’s good that we work hard but on the other hand we have toactually regulate this work. So, I have a proposal for the future: we should draw up a clear-cut schedule of meetings for us to be able to prepare issues despite the number of them - there might be 50 or five issues- having in mind that in the second or third decade of a month we are sure to have a meeting of VEB’s Supervisory Board. This will prevent issues from building up, as is the case now. Vladimir Alexandrovich please think about how you can organize all this with your colleagues from the RF Government Office.
Before moving to our scheduled agenda, I would like to congratulate the entire Bank’s team on its 90th anniversary. The most important thing for the Bank is its reputation and professionalism of its employees. And VEB has been building up its business reputation since December 16, 1924, when the Council of People’s Commissars decreed to establish a bank for foreign trade.
I’d like to say that during this period the Bank had to perform various functions, it was renamed several times, nevertheless the Bank demonstrated its ability to transform taking intoaccount market specifics and proved its reliability as an effective operator of government crisis management programs and the crises unfortunately happened regularlyin the history of our country. Basically, VEB has always been a bank for development and it has done a lot. I’d like to highlight VEB’s participation in the most important event of the outgoing year – the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi where VDEB’s role was maximal.
As of early December, VEB is involved in funding more than 150 investment projects. Vnesheconombank’s strategy for a period of up to 2020 that was approved two years ago provides for VEB’s loan portfolio to increase to 2.5 trillion rubles by 2020. Special emphasis is to be placed on extending credits to small and medium-sized enterprises and on developing import-substituting production facilities as well as on supporting domestic producers of quality and competitive products.
By the way, we have several such issues on our agenda today including projects in aviation, automobile and space industries as well as a number of issues associated with the use of Olympic facilities including a transfer of a number of facilities for the needs of children’s sports and children’s education as a whole. The sports complex was built with VEB’s participation.
Another issue is related to funding housing construction under the program “Housing for the Russian Family”. Here I mean two credit lines worth more than 50 billion rubles to be opened for the program’s operator – the Housing Mortgage Lending Agency. I’d like to remind you that under this program at least. 25 million square meters of economy class housing are to be built. This housing is intended for families with many children and for low-income families as well as for resettlement of people from shabby and dilapidated housing stock. These are noble aims and I hope they will be achieved.
As the Bank is nowadays marking its 90th anniversary,I’ve brought along a gift for it – I signed a government resolution oregulations on extending subsidies from the federal budget in the form of asset contribution to State Corporation Vnesheconombank. Now, under these regulations, the Finance Ministry can enter into an agreement on funding the asset contribution for the year 2014 in the amount of 30 billion rubles. So, Anton Germanovich (Siluanov)attend to this matter. We must do it.
VEB to additionally capitalizeSvyaz-Bank and Bank GLOBEX with 10 billion rubles each – Dmitriev
MOSCOW, December 18./TASS/. Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board made a decision to additionally capitalizeSvyaz-Bank with 10 billion rubles and Bank GLOBEX – with 10 billion rubles too. Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists about it after a meeting of VEB’s Supervisory Board.
“A decision was made to additionally capitalize Russian subsidiary banks through subordinated loans and through direct capital” he said adding that he meant Svyaz-Bank and Bank GLOBEX.
He explained that in case of GLOBEX its capitalization through subordinated loans and direct capital was distributed in equal parts of 5 billion rubles.
VEB to additionally capitalize its Ukrainian subsidiary Prominvestbank with $300 million
MOSCOW, December 18 – RIA Novosti. Vnesheconombank’s (VEB) Supervisory Board made a decision to additionally capitalize its Ukrainian subsidiary Prominvestbankwith 300 million dollars, said Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev.
“A decision was made to additionally capitalize Prominvestbank with 300 million dollars”, Dmitriev told journalists.
He added that the bank’s capital would be increased by converting Prominvestbank’s debts to Vnesheconombank into corresponding capital.
Earlier Dmitriev said that VEB would not scale down its business in Ukraine and confirmed plans to additionally capitalizeProminvestbank. He said that the bank acted traditionally as one of the largest creditors of real economy in Ukraine and that it holds private deposits.
VEB’s Supervisory Board makes a principal decision to increase financial support for Ford- Sollers
MOSCOW, December 18./TASS/. VEB’s Supervisory Board made a principal decision to increase financial support for Ford-Sollers. Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists about it.
“A principal decision was made to increase financial support for the Ford-Sollers project”, he said adding that the two sideshaven’t come close to a concrete deal yet. But basic parameters of this deal have been approved and VEB plans to work with Ford-Sollers to develop production.
“The program of manufacturing engines and increasing localization volumes required additional funding”, explained Dmitiev.
The Khrunichev Center to receive 37 billion rubles from VEB
MOSCOW, December 18 – RIA Novosti. Vnesheconombank is to provide the Khrunichev Center with funds worth 37 billion rubles, said Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev.
“The Khrunichev rocket-building center is also to receive Vnesheconombank’s financial support in the amount of 37 billion rubles”, Dmitriev told journalists.
Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev said that the company was in a difficult situationbut Vnesheconombank made such a decision in view of its new management, restructuring and enhanced corporate procedures.
VEB to contribute 9.5 billion rubles to the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) charter capital
MOSCOW. December 19. INTERFAX – Vnesheconombank’s (VEB) Supervisory Board made a decision to contribute 9.5 billion rubles to charter capital of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA), said Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev.
“9.5 billion”, he said to journalists.
V.Dmitriev said that the funds would be contributedto SCA’s charter capital.
VEB and Sberbank decide to change a beneficiary of a Sochi Olympic facility
Moscow. December 18. INTERFAX.RU – Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev said that VEB’s Supervisory Board made a decision to change a supervisory owner of the of the KrasnayaPolyana Olympic facility in Sochi, the main owner of which is Sberbank.
“We (with Sberbank’s Head German Gref) discussed projects related to the Olympic legacy and as far as a number of projects are concerned we made a decision to change a beneficiary”, Dmitriev told journalists on Thursday.
An issue of the Krasnaya Polyana facility, the beneficiary of which is Sberbank and the decision to change its beneficiary required the presence of the President and Sberbank’sBoard Chairman.
“We discussed an issue of transferring the asset from one shareholder to another”, said Dmitriev adding that he meant a transfer of the Krasnaya Polyana into the ownership of institutions, whiсh are related to the Krasnodar Territory.
Two credit lines worth 50 billion rubles to be opened for the Housing Mortgage Lending Agency – Medvedev
Moscow. December 18. INTERFAX – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that two credit lines worth 50 billion rubles were to be opened for the Housing Mortgage Lending Agency (HMLA) under the program “Housing for the Russian Family”.
“Two credit lines in the total amount of 50 billion rubles are to be opened for the program’s operator - the Housing Mortgage Lending Agency”, said D. Medvedev after Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board end of the year meeting on Thursday night.
He said that under this program at least 25 million square meters of economy class housing were to be built.
“Basically,this housing is intended for families with many children and for low-income families as well as for resettlement of people from shabby and dilapidated housing stock. These are noble aims and I hope they will be achieved”, the Premier said.
In his turn, Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalists that the amount of financial support for HMLA would be about 55 billion rubles.
“40 billion is a deposit from the National Wealth Funds placed with Vnesheconombank to be extended to HMLA in the form of a credit as well as Vnesheconombank’s own funds”, said Vnesheconombank’s Chairman.
V. Dmitriev said that the funds would be used to fund companies being created by the Agency. The companies are to be responsible for creating infrastructure for the construction of affordable and comfortable housing.
“This is something we haven’t had so far and it was an obstacle to funding developers under concrete projects. Here I mean lands managed by housing and public utilities,which cease to be included in the federal property. Infrastructure is to be formed on these lands, which would make it possible for developers to apply for funding to implement affordable housing construction projects”, said V. Dmitriev.
Dmitriev: Petr Fradkov appointed as another Vnesheconombank’s first deputy chairman
Moscow, December 18. /TASS/. Petr Fradkov who was in the recent past Director General of the Export Insurance Agency of Russia (EXIAR) became another Vnesheconombank’s first deputy chairman.
Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told journalist about after VEB’s Supervisory Board meeting.
Dmitriev said that one of VEB’s top-priority lines of activity was to support industrial exports. “And it was for this reason we introduced a post of third, first deputy chairman.Petr Fradkov is to hold this post”, he said.
Alexei Typanov is to take up a post of EXIAR Director General. He was Fradkov’s deputy at EXIAR. All this is being done to retain continuity and enhance Vnesheconombank interaction with an export credit and insurance center to be created – Roseximbank and EXIAR”, he explained.