The International Council for Cooperation and Investment (ICCI), an advisory body with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) was established in February 2008 as a platform for foreign and Russian businesses dialogue with Russian authorities. The ICCI brings together leading foreign investors in Russia’s economy, business associations and chambers of commerce.
The establishment of the Council was welcomed by Presidential Aide Sergey Prikhodko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. The ICCI events have been attended by the Russian Economic Development Minister E. Nabiullina, the First Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A. Denisov and CEOs of over 70 major companies operating in Russia.
The ICCI is chaired by the RSPP President Alexander Shokhin and co-chaired by the head of the RSPP International Cooperation Committee Viktor Vekselberg and the leaders of national business associations – the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, the CEO of the Association of European Businesses, the head of the Japanese Business Club, the Chairman of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce and the Director General of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce.
By now, the ICCI has turned into an important mechanism of Russian and foreign businesses engagement with Russian authorities. On the one hand, the Council provides a platform for coordination of Russian and foreign market players’ efforts aimed at improving business environment in Russia. On the other hand, the Russian government has a partner with consolidated positions on the key issues of foreign companies’ activities in Russia.
Another important goal of the ICCI members is to inform their governments of the trends in Russia’s investment climate and advise them relevant authorities of the members’ agreed position on the key issues of the international agenda.