The approval of a new development strategy for 2015–2020 was the central event of 2014 that guided further operation of Vnesheconombank. As part of the strategy, we are planning to maintain our focus on building up the financing of the real economy sector that is in dire need of long-term investments. The Bank’s involvement in ambitious national projects seeks to provide the conditions for the Russian economy to enter a stable development path as soon as possible and to set the stage for future growth.
Before 2014, Vnesheconombank’s Development Strategy for 2011–2015 was carried out in a rather favourable macroeconomic context, which facilitated a rapid growth of the development bank’s loan portfolio, a higher share of innovative projects in the portfolio and stronger support to exports. As a result, most targets set out in the strategy were achieved as early as in 2013.
In 2014, we had to face new challenges and risks associated with a worsening geopolitical situation, stronger inflation processes and constrained access to debt markets. With the negative trends in the Russian economy getting stronger and the targets of the 2011–2015 strategy achieved ahead of schedule, we needed to work out a new development strategy for the Bank. In preparing the strategy, we were guided by the key parameters of the forecast of social and economic development of the Russian Federation for 2015 and the planning period of 2016 and 2017, as well as a forecast of long-term social and economic development for the period until 2030 prepared by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development.
The Development Strategy for 2015–2020 implies a stronger role of Vnesheconombank as a long-term creditor to the national economy in the context of its being shut off global capital markets while facing cash outflow and a liquidity drop in the banking sector. Therefore, the Bank sees its strategic goal in increasing its financial support to the government’s priority investment projects while maintaining a high-quality loan portfolio.
In preparing our loan portfolio, we are applying a new approach that breaks the portfolio down into development bank projects and special projects of national importance. Specific tasks for the special projects are outlined in resolutions of Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board. They are funded on principles other than those used for development bank projects to maintain the quality and target structure of our loan portfolio.
The strategy includes two development scenarios: modernisation and conservative, differing in the loan portfolio growth rates, amount of government support and borrowings in the debt market. We are currently planning to follow the modernisation development scenario that assumes a considerably stronger role of the Bank in the financing of ambitious investment projects, including innovative, import substitution and infrastructure development projects. With access to debt markets being constrained, the success of the modernisation scenario will hinge on the scale of capital increase and government funding of the Bank.
Strategic performance targets of Vnesheconombank until 2020 (as of the year end, RUB bn)
Strategic target by the end of 2020
The Bank loan portfolio
Loans issued to SME
Support to exports
loan portfolio to support exports (as part of the Bank loan portfolio)
Including RUB 0.2 bn from credit institutions.22.5
Including RUB 1.52 bn from credit institutions.53.4
Mechanisms for Embedding Sustainability Principles into Vnesheconombank’s Operations
Vnesheconombank’s Development Strategy for 2015–2020 provides for further integration of sustainability principles and best corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices into the Bank’s operations, among other things, by improving business processes, including corporate governance, personnel management and investment and financial activities. To this end, the Bank is planning to prepare and put in place a sustainability roadmap that will outline the range of initiatives required to embed sustainability principles into operations of the Bank and its subsidiaries.
Mechanisms for Embedding Sustainability Principles Outlined in the Development Strategy for 2015–2020 into Vnesheconombank’s Operations