Enel took part in the tenth edition of Sochi International Investment Forum, which took place at the city's Olympic Park on the shore of the Black Sea between 18-21 September. The meeting, held at the Krasnodar Kraj, is one of Russia's top annual forums and workshops and focuses on the dialogue between business and both international and Russian institutions.
Global economic development, investment prospects for the domestic market and large-scale innovation projects across Russia were at the centre of the four-day Forum, which brought together representatives of the international business community and Russian institutions and business, as well as staff from foreign diplomatic missions based in the country, analysts and experts.
The Enel Group was represented at Sochi 2014 by Enel Russia's General Director Enrico Viale and by the Chairman of the OJSC's Board of Directors Stephan Sweguinzow. Enel Russia's management took part in the Forum's plenary meeting, which was entitled Russia between Europe and Asia: new regional politics in the modern world and was chaired by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. They also attended sessions organised by the Russian Energy Ministry entitled Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency: investment collection tools and The Role of the Energy and Hydrocarbon Industry in the Russian Economy: growth support or factor?, moderated by Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
"For the Enel Group the opportunity to take part in this event is a chance to continue its dialogue with the authorities, considering that we have not only been present in Russia for many years but we are also a local operator and are fully integrated in energy generation," Viale said. "We are seen as a company that has always delivered on its commitments regarding both investment and improvement projects, and we would like to consolidate the relationship we have with the government, our partners and customers that is based on mutual respect."