Russia looks to limit participation of state-owned banks in PPP projects

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Russia looks to limit participation of state-owned banks in PPP projects

The Ministry for Economic Development of Russia has stated that the participation of state-run banks and state-run corporations in PPP projects could be limited.

The updated version of a draft law on PPP basics contains this provision. In line with the draft law, a bank or a business, in which the Russian Russian government directly or indirectly control over 50%, and also its subsidiaries, would be able to act "on the part of a private partner".

Local sources are suggesting that a transition period is used not to harm the market. According to sources, Gazprombank and VTB Capital suggested a 5-year period.

VTB Capital is one of the most aggressive investors in PPP projects. The firm, which is part of the VTB Group,  acts not simply as a granting organization, but, holding stakes in consortia.

In December 2014 VTB Capital, through its subsidiary Two Capitals Highway and Vnesheconombank (VEB), signed a cooperation agreement to finance, build and operate the 543 km - 684 km section of Moscow - St. Petersburg toll road in Russia. Also in 2014 but in February, VTB Bank announced that it was financing a PPP project to build an oncology centre in Orsk, Orenburg Region.

Gazprombank is also interested in PPP projects. Specifically, the bank is a co-investor of a concessionary project to build a toll road bypassing Odintsovo and of the PPP project, the Western High-Speed Diameter, in Saint Petersburg. This last project was also sponsored by VTB Capital.

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