Report of event
The sixth SWIFT Business Forum in Moscow took place at the Lotte Hotel on 16 April 2015. Organised for the second year running in conjunction with the ROSSWIFT (Russian national SWIFT member and user group) AGM, the event pulled a record 420 plus delegates, making it SWIFT’s second largest business forum after London, a ranking in perfect keeping with Russia being SWIFT’s second largest user community.
The packed agenda for the day kicked off with welcome remarks by Matthieu de Heering, Head of Russia, CIS and Mongolia, SWIFT and Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO of SWIFT, both of whom confirmed SWIFT’s commitment to working with the Russia and CIS communities to further develop business together. In the opening plenary, which focused on developments in the Russian payments and financial system, senior representatives of the State Duma, NSD and SWIFT discussed the way forward for Russia’s financial markets, which will, they said, be based on the principles of openness and transparency as the basis for integration. As part of this, there will be a review of the MIFC (Moscow International Financial Centre) strategy, in the context of which, there is confidence that SWIFT will be asked to play a role. Also, with Russia gaining a seat on the board of SWIFT as from June 2015, the intensity of the cooperation between SWIFT and the Russian SWIFT community is expected to increase.