"Your traditional forum for many years gathering in St. Petersburg representatives of Russian and international financial organizations, leading experts and analysts,
heads of state authority, allows at high professional level to discuss topical problems of the domestic banking sector,
define the basic tendencies and prospects of its development".
V.Putin. President of the Russian Federation Welcome address to participants and guests of the XXII International Banking Congress June 2013.
"Dear friends! Welcome to the St. Petersburg International Banking Congress. This prestigious forum once again brought together representatives of the business community and the government, scientists and experts. You will discuss a number of issues , including the modernization of the credit sphere and its interaction with other sectors of the economy , improving the efficiency of banking regulation and supervision. The agenda of your meeting such an important topic for our country , as the introduction of advanced information technologies and the improvement of the national payment system , improving quality and expanding the list of financial services, including mortgage lending long-term infrastructure projects. I hope that special attention will be paid to the development strategy of the Russian banking sector up to 2015".
V.Putin. President of the Russian Federation Welcome address to participants and guests of the XXI International Banking Congress June 2012.
"After 20 years the congress has established itself as one of the most popular discussion forums, where we discuss the problems of the financial sector. Congress participants are prominent representatives of domestic and foreign banking community, government, leading analysts and experts. In modern conditions we should work together to improve the mechanisms of regulation and supervision of credit institutions, to improve the efficiency of the banking business and the availability of investment resources and, of course, introduce advanced technology. I hope that the recommendations of the Congress will be needed in practice, will serve as the innovative development of the Russian economy".
D. Medvedev. President of the Russian Federation Welcome address to participants and guests of the XX International Banking Congress. May 2011.
"I am pleased to welcome you to traditional meeting of the world banking community in the city of St. Petersburg. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss the strategic prospects of the financial system and to find the most proper ways to increase the competitiveness of Russian banks, ensuring the availability of banking services to large industrial customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses, citizens of the Russian Federation. Conduct joint discussions by representatives of the legislative and executive authorities, business and banking community may find common ground and work out common approaches to important government objectives of economic development of Russia".
V. Matviyenko, Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Welcome address to participants and guests of the XXII International Banking Congress June 2013.
"Your traditional representative forum helps to produce optimal decisions on major issues of social and economic development of the country, including those aimed at creating a favorable business and investment climate. Many of the deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation are actively involved in the work of the congress, and formulated in the course of his work offers professional bankers demand in lawmaking".
S. Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma Welcome address to participants and guests of the XXII International Banking Congress June 2013.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the success of this Congress, to thank all the participants of the congress. This really was a great privilege for me - to get the invitation. I learned a lot about the banking situation in your country".
Jaime Caruana, The general manager of Bank for International Settlements, Basel Welcome address to participants and guests of the XXI International Banking Congress June 2012.
"Now the country has a lot of forums passes, but I think our current forum characterized by the fact that it is generally the main platform where professionals and experts in banking, finance may talk about the most pressing issues ... I think this is such a platform where you can make sense of a very important and serious problems of our day".
A. Kostin, Chairman and CEO of VTB Bank XV-th International Banking Congress June 2013.
"I am pleased to speak today because once, when the congress began, we were standing, including myself and my colleagues, at the source of its creation. And nice to see that the congress is gradually coming to an age of majority. I think that it should be the same age of majority of our banking system".
A. Kudrin, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation June 2007.
"Owing to the environment favourable for extending old business contacts and establishing new relations between attendees and because of issues covered in the reports and discussions, the banking congresses remain an object of intense interest as time passes by".
N.Savinskaya, Head of the Central Bank’s Main Department for Saint-Petersburg Statement at the VIth International Banking Congress June 1997.
"The 5th International Banking Congress well deserves an entry in the Guinness Book of Records owing to its organizing level. On behalf of the Congress participants I would like to extend gratitude to everyone concerned for this excellent event".
A.Khandruev, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russian Federation in 1996 Report to the Vth International Banking Congress June 1996.
"I have attended banking congresses over here four times. I believe congresses in Saint-Petersburg are quite interesting, well-attended, with urgent problems discussed".
Andreas Prindle, Nomura Bank International Statement made at Vth International Banking Congress June 1996.
"It is a great pleasure for me to be here in Saint-Petersburg today and participate in the work of another International Banking Congress. During the press conference today I was asked to comment upon changes, which I might have noticed at this fourth banking congress. Putting it in a nutshell, I can tell you that I remember the 1st International Banking Congress when we discussed how to establish the banking system and now we are debating how to improve this system. For me, it is a great progress and an achievement".
T.Gagnon, Vice-President U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, U.S.A Report at the IVth International Banking Congress June 1995.
"It is a great honour for me to take part in this International Banking Congress. I see great changes in the market economy and in the organisation of the congress. The first such congress was organized quite well and I can see its organization has become even better".
M.Destress, IMF General Counsel at the Central Bank of Russian Federation Report at the IVth International Banking Congress June 1995.
"In my opinion the fact that holding such congresses becomes regular practice demonstrates that the foundation of the new banking system in Russia has been laid and that Saint-Petersburg is the recognized financial centre of this country".
N.Buchanan, Vice President, PriceWaterhouse Report at the IVth International Banking Congress June 1995.
"I am pleased to extend greetings to participants of the third International Banking Congress in Saint-Petersburg which has already become a traditional event. The Congress sessions enable us to take a detached view and evaluate professionally what has been done, highlight key problems of the banking system development in this country, distinguish approaches to the evolution of monetary policy, let a wide range of experts from the neighbouring sectors of economy contribute to solutions of our problems".
V.Gerashchenko, Chairman of the Central Bank of Russian Federation Keynote paper at the Third International Banking Congress September 1994.
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