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Center website

Conference organizers:

Association of Russian Banks

National union
of organizations of
financial mutual support

League of Credit Unions

Russian Agency
for SME Support


The Conference will be supported by
the Russian Parliament, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Bank of Russia, and by the Administration of St. Petersburg.

Dear friends!

The National Association of Microfinance Market Stakeholders (NAMMS) and the Russian Microfinance Center are happy to invite you and your colleagues to the VII National Conference Microfinance in Russia: New Technologies of Success to take place on 19 - 21 November 2008 in St. Petersburg.

We invite international institutions, representatives of financial cooperatives, members of the banking community, private and nonprofit microfinance institutions, branchless banking operators, government, and all stakeholders concerned about access to finance to attend the Conference.

Following an established tradition, the conference will feature presentations by guest speakers, such as the Russian policy-makers, legislators and regulators, representatives of the Grameen Bank, UN, the World Bank, international associations of microfinance providers and financial cooperatives, raters and development agencies, as well as investors with a focus on microcredit programs.

About the Conference
The Conference Microfinance in Russia: New Technologies of Success will facilitate a discussion of acute problems relevant to the building of an all-inclusive financial system, increasing access to financial services, and promoting microfinance institutions to support SME development and low – income population.

The discussions will focus on the development and acceptance of the new technology of delivering microfinance services, the correlation between regulation and market development, the search for feasible model of supervision and efforts to remove administrative barriers to the development of MFI, on protection of consumers and market participants from financially unstable institutions, and on financial literacy.

Traditionally, the Conference agenda will consist of plenaries, discussions, training sessions, and free debates. This year, the Investor Fair will allow institutions to approach investors in the best possible environment for one-on-one negotiations. The Conference will also feature master classes led by the microfinance community leaders, round tables with representatives of government, training events for regional networks and brainstorming sessions for MFI. The Conference emphasizes informal contacts, so you will be offered every opportunity for networking throughout the Conference. Participation in the Conference is the best way to learn about microfinance innovations and to discuss pressing issues faced by providers of retail finance.

The Conference will be supported by the Russian Parliament, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Bank of Russia, and by the Administration of St. Petersburg.

Drafting the Conference Program
We hope to make this Conference interesting and helpful for you and we invite you to contribute to the Conference program. Simply email your suggestions on the conference themes to indicating your name and contact details before 25 June 2008. The authors of the best suggestions and themes will be invited to speak at the Conference.

You can find a Conference Registration Form at this link. Please, follow the instructions on filling out the Registration Form. Please, make sure that the organizers have received the Form if they have not confirmed it by e-mail within three days after you had sent it. The registration form contains the details of hotel reservations, sightseeing and other leisure activities available in St. Petersburg.
Please note that the deadline for early bird registration is 19 September 2008!

Sponsorship Opportunities
We are pleased to invite you to support the Conference by becoming its official sponsor and partner. Sponsors will have an opportunity to target their audiences and to promote their products to providers of SME loans, microfinance and branchless banking in the context of relevant policies. Please refer to the Sponsor Pack section at this link for various options of supporting the Conference. You may wish to request further details from Rigo Ovchiyan, Vice President on Corporate Finance, at +7(495)258-68-31 or

Contacting Conference Organizers
Please, contact the Managing Directorate – Russian Microfinance Center at +7(495)258-68-31, 258-87-05 or at with any questions related to your participation in the Conference.

See you in St. Petersburg in November!

Best regards,
The Organizing Committee of the VII National Conference on Microfinance