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Conference organizers:


Association of Russian Banks


National union
of organizations of
financial mutual support


League of Credit Unions



Russian Agency
for SME Support



OPORA RUSSIA



Soyuz Mutual Insurance Society



Small and medium enterprises support foundations association “RusFund”

The Conference will be supported by
the Russian Ministry for Economic Development,
the Russian Ministry of Finance


Dear friends!

The National Partnership of Microfinance Market Stakeholders (NAMMS) and the Russian Microfinance Center are happy to invite you and your colleagues to the VIII National Conference «The Role of Microfinance in Overcoming the Financial and Economic Crisis» to take place on November 17-19, 2009 in Moscow.

We invite international institutions, representatives of financial cooperatives, members of the banking community, private and non-profit microfinance institutions, branchless banking operators, government, and all stakeholders concerned about access to financial services 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 (Bangladesh), 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
This year, the main theme of the Conference will be the role of SME lending and microfinance in overcoming the current financial and economic crisis. The Conference plenary will highlight issues such as policy incentives for microfinance, priority areas for government support of microfinance, and the strategy of encouraging business startups by the unemployed as a way to create employment and to increase household income. All practical implications of the new legislation on credit cooperatives and microfinance will be discussed in detail during Conference sessions involving officials from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Central Bank of Russia, and other authorities. A separate discussion will cover the government support of microfinance, the challenges faced by the finance and credit system in these times of crisis, and ways of attracting private investment and savings to increase capitalization of the national microfinance system.

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.

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 conference@rmcenter.ru indicating your name and contact details. The authors of the best suggestions and themes will be invited to speak at the Conference.

Registration
Conference Registration Form is available at http://conf.rmcenter.ru/2009/eng/reg/index.php. 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. Alternatively, you may easily register online on the Conference website at http://conf.rmcenter.ru/2009/eng/index.php.

The Conference Organizers will provide you with the personal registration number. Please, don't forget to indicate it in the hotel booking form.

The registration form contains the details of the Hotel “Borodino” reservation.

Please, note that the deadline for early bird registration is 30 September 2009!

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 the Conference website http://conf.rmcenter.ru/2009/eng/info/index.php for various options of supporting the Conference. You may wish to request further details from Vlad Krivosheev, Vice President for Corporate and Projects’ Funding, at +7(495)258-68-31 or vkrivosheev@rmcenter.ru.

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

See you in Moscow in November!

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