Total value of VEB’s projects in the Krasnodar Territory is 3.5 trillion rubles
Moscow, September 30, 2015
MOSCOW, Sept. 30- RIA Novosti/Prime. The cost of funding projects in the Krasnodar Territory by VEB is 3.5 trillion rubles, RIA Novosti reported at the State Corporation’s press office in connection with the Sochi International Investment Forum to open on October 2, 2015.
“The total value of projects in the Krasnodar Territory as of September 1, 2015, is 6.7 trillion ruble, with VEDB’s approved participation share being 3.5 billion rubles. A total of 1.9 trillion rubles were committed to projects with VEB’s participation in the Krasnodar Territory”, according to the State Corporation’s press office.
Out of them VEB fully funded the construction of 20 Olympic facilities in Sochi for an amount of 251.1 billion rubles, with their total value being 334.4 billion rubles.“Since the establishment of the Bank for Development, VEB’s governance bodies approved the Bank’s participation in 331 projects. Out of them VEB completed funding of 77 projects, at present, 198 projects are being funded”, they said at VEB’s press office.
Among projects funded are the construction and operation of Alpine Ski resort Rosa Khutor valued at 85.4 billion rubles, with VED’s participation share being 72.8 billion rubles, as well as the construction of Olympic facilities at GornayaKarusel sports and tourist complex in Krasnaya Polyana valued at 93.7 billion rubles, with VEB’s participation share being 59.7 billion rubles. The cost of VEB’s participation in the project on the construction of the main Olympic Village to accommodate 3000 athletes is 24.8 billion rubles out of 28.5 billion rubles.
The construction of a five-star hotel in Immertinskaya lowland wasin the Krasnodar Territorybillion rubles out of which VEB committed 4.9 billion rubles. The construction of an office building in this district was worth 4.99 billion rubles, with VEB accounting for 4.3 billion rubles. The construction
September 4, 2015 14:30
Author: Interviewed by AlexandrVolobuev
Photo: Maxim Blinov/ RIA Novosti
Vnesheconombank Chairman VladimirDmitrievtalks about China, mutual payments and Transaero
The first Russian East Economic Forum underway in Vladivostok is designed to expand cooperation with countries of the Asia-Pacific region including the world’s second economy – China. On the sidelines of the Vladivostok Forum Vnesheconombank Chairman Vladimir Dmitriev told Lenta.ru about the results of the recent visit to PRC, prospects for transferring to payments in national currencies and commented on the situation with Transaero.
Lenta.ru: How do you size up the results of your visit to China?
Dmitriev: Vnesheconombank is satisfied with the results of its delegation stay in China during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Second World War and with the outcome of President Putin’s formal visit to PRC and his talks with PRC President Xi-Jinping.
In our opinion our main result in the signing of the memorandum on the development of the Bystrinsky ore deposit. The project is to be implementedby Nornikel. This project is attractive for the Chinese side because it is funded in Yuansand because it’s a project of finished products. Copper concentrateand noble metals will be supplied to China in full for processing. Irrespectively of this project, the central banks should expand practice of funding in national currencies spreading it to funding for such mid- and long-term projects. Now this practice applies to trade transactions. Together with the Russian Export Centerwe signed an agreement with the head ofGuangdong province (one of the largest provinces in the South of China). The project provides for constructing a large logistics hub for Russian products among other things with high added valueto further supply them to China and Southeast Asian countries. This is a pilot project. We haven’t had such a thing on the Chinese territory before - a facility intended for exporting only Russian products.
What are the chances of the project being successful?
The project has a great future because the administration of Guangdong province is quite experienced in creating technoparks and special economic zones and it intends to give it special status to provide it with significant administrative and tax privileges like those existing in special economic zones.
So far, we have tried to receive funding against supplies of Chinese equipment and products to Russia but now we can see that one of the largest provinces is interested in supplying sawn timber, processed timber products with high added value, farm products and other types of goods from Russia through this logistics center.
We also have other capabilities for raising Chinese financial resources. We’ll give high priority to expanding the format of investment cooperation both on our own and through our subsidiary – the Direct Investment Fund and the Russian-Chinese Investment Fund.
We are also working with private investment funds in PRC in order to raise their funds for our projects, above all, on the territory of the Far East – they include projects on mineral production, mineral production, farm production, industrial business as well as investment project, aquaculture, infrastructure and electric power industry.
Why is VEB so active in negotiations with its Chinese partners?
We believe that our Bank along with other banks affected by sanctions, made great progress in their cooperation with their Chinese partners, they raise credit facilities in yuans. Tied financing makes it possible to raise funds in hard currency.
Our Chinese partners are aware that the amount of mutual trade is falling due to reduced energy prices and we have to compensate for it through diversifying our foreign trade relations among other things by way of increasing the volume of Russian products not related to energy resources.
Payments in national currencies
Does the ruble high volatility in your opinion pose a risk to large-scale projects?
Of course it does, especially if payments are made in national currencies. But a mechanism for such payments provides for central banks to take most of the risks. Although either banks that assume intermediary functions, haveto hedge risks or companies themselves. So, it’s evident that the ruble volatility pose additional risks in trade relations.
What do you need to do to enter the borrowings market of continental China?
We have been discussing this issue with the Chinese authoritiesand regulatory authorities for about two-three years and we can see that our partners from the Chinese banking community are ready to help us by lobbying VEB’s interests. Talking with my colleagues from other Russian banks including those with state participation I can see that that they are following the same path. I don’t think that this will happen tomorrow, till the year end or at the beginning of the next year. Somehow we are in advanced dialogue with China’s regulatory authorities. We can see that serious headway was made in China itself, but volatility on the Chinese stock market would to a certain extent change our plans. Nevertheless, we are on the right wayand the Chinese regulatory authorities are doing their bestto help us.
Position on Transaero
At what stage is the discussion on a Transaero general agreement?
Vnesheconombank is not a major creditor of Transaero Airline compared to other banks with state participation. We’re worried by the situation because our subsidiary – the largest Russian leasing company VEB-Leasing extended financial leasing to the air carrier for an amount of 55 billion rubles (Transaero’s total debt is about 250 billion rubles).
And there is no doubt that measures for state support for this air carrier, repurchase of majority stake by Aeroflot and subsequent talks should take into account not only interests of our leasing company but also interests of other lasing companies that extended financial leasing to Transaero.
It’s clear that this concerns us too both interms of consolidated balances of international financial statements and due to the fact that VEB-Leasing used VEB’s credit facilities to purchase aircraft.That is, we are indirect participants inmultilateral talks but the situation with Transaero concerns above all VEB-Leasing directly.
We informed the Government about serious risks posed to Vnesheconombank’s interests.
Why are these risks occurring if Transaero’s financial liabilities are to be transferred to Aeroflot after a transaction (the air carrier acquires a 75-percent stake in Transaero)?
Now it’s a matter of formulating a consolidated position on settling debts to creditors among things by leasing companies. And here I mean not only restructuring of the debt but also a possible writing off a part of the debt.
Are you ready to agree on writing off a part of the debt if other creditors take such position?
The state provides support for Vnesheconombank but it also takes into account consolidated financial statements. We’re a sole and principal shareholder of our subsidiary institutions and we must maintain their financial stability. But as the state is our owner, it must ensure VEB’s financial stability through addressing problems of our subsidiaries that came into being through no fault of ours.
This implies the state’s additional support?
Writing off a part of the debt will mean a direct loss for VEB-Leasing and therefore for Vnesheconombankthus violating the covenant (credit terms) and this mightexacerbate VEB’s other problems. So, the state must be aware that this problem as well as the air carrier’s problem should be in the focus of its attention.