23rd Annual General Meeting

Welcome to the 23rd IBC Annual General Meeting!

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress e.V. will be held on 21-22 May 2020 in Singapore.

The event will be hosted jointly by Gazprom Marketing and Trading Singapore, Mitsubishi Corporation Russia, Mitsui & Co., Royal Dutch Shell and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company.

The venue of the Annual General Meeting is the “Shangri-La Hotel Singapore”.
The participants will be offered accommodation at the same hotel.

The Presiding Committee meeting, a plenary session and an international conference will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020. After the formal part the attendees are invited to participate in the gala dinner at the invitation of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company.

During the second day of the AGM (Friday, May 22, 2020) the IBC Working Committees will hold their meetings.

The draft program of the Annual General Meeting you can find here.

All representatives of the IBC member companies who are willing to take part in the event are welcome to register online or fill out the registration form and forward it to the IBC Secretariat.

Accommodation can be booked using the booking form.

We strongly suggest you to read the visa requirements provided below.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the IBC Annual General Meeting in Singapore!


Visa requirements

  • valid passport – it must not expire for another 6 months from the date of departure from Singapore.
  • return/onward ticket
  • proof of sufficient funds
  • if necessary, the proper documentation for your next destination
  • completed disembarkation/embarkation card
  • yellow fever vaccination certification if you are from one of the listed countries

All citizens from any country included in neither the Assessment Level I nor the Assessment Level II lists are allowed a maximum stay of 30 days without a visa in Singapore, except the holders of the following passports who are allowed to stay for 90 days.

New Zealand

South Korea
United States

European Union citizens

Holders of normal passports or travel documents issued by the following countries and territories may obtain a visa online through a local Singaporean contact or a strategic partner in Singapore, or at the nearest Singaporean diplomatic mission or one of its authorized visa agents outside Singapore.

Visa will normally be issued in 1 working day, and the applicant can travel with a printout of the e-visa. Visa requirement does not apply to holders of non-ordinary passports of these countries except North Korea.

More information about e-visa you can find here: https://www.ivisa.com/singapore-e-visa


North Korea


Citizens of the following countries must obtain a visa in advance.

They may apply for a visa through a local Singaporean contact or a strategic partner in Singapore, or at the nearest Singaporean diplomatic mission or one of its authorized visa agents outside Singapore.

Visa will normally be issued in 3 working days, and a visa vignette is affixed on the applicant’s passport.[1][2]



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The IBC International Business Congress e.V. (former the EBC, European Business Congress e. V.) is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation (NGO) founded in December 1997 in Bonn, Germany. As of January 2020, the IBC has 124 members from 24 countries worldwide. Statutory bodies of the IBC are the General Assembly, the Presiding Committee and the Board of Directors.

The President of the IBC is Dr. Alexey Miller, PJSC Gazprom. The Vice president is Dr. Rainer Seele , OMV AG.

The IBC objectives are:

  • supporting the development of intergovernmental and international economic cooperation
  • promoting economic development
  • promoting a sustainable dialogue between politics and private business

These objectives will be achieved and especially implemented by

  • open and frank discussion of common interests and shared challenges in the Working Committees and subsequent development of practical solutions
  • passing on these results as recommendations to governments, relevant authorities and other NGOs
  • promoting an efficient exchange of information between the IBC and international organisations as well as  fostering the IBC network
  • promoting cooperation between companies and international organisations
  • organising conferences and seminars on pressing entrepreneurial topics

The core activity of the IBC is to offer a platform for open discussion, which take place in the frames of different Working Committees and Sub-Working groups on average four times a year. This makes the organisation highly attractive and unique to its members.

22nd Annual General Meeting

May 30-31, 2019 | Bonn, Germany

The 40th Presiding Committee meeting and the 22nd IBC Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place in Bonn, Germany, on May 30-31, 2019, hosted by Wintershall Dea, Linde and Uniper. The meetings attracted 330 participants, including representatives of 88 IBC member companies, banks and organisations from 20 countries.
The Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and head of Department of Gazprom, a member of the IBC’s Presiding Committee, Oleg Aksyutin, gave the President’s welcome to the Congress’s 22nd Annual General Meeting on behalf of the Chairman of the Board of Gazprom and the IBC President, Alexey Miller. He noted in his welcome address that the IBC today is a consistently growing independent international organisation, which operates on a permanent basis and welcomes companies and organisations from all over the world to become part of it. The International Business Congress includes 122 companies from 24 countries. Alexey Miller wished the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the IBC a productive and successful outcome of the talks.

The delegates to the Annual General Meeting were also welcomed by Sigmar Gabriel, member of the Bundestag and former vice-chancellor and foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the course of the plenary meeting, a vote was held for the position of the IBC’s vice president and amendments were made to the composition of the Presiding Committee, to the organisational structure of the IBC board as well as to the Congress’s articles of association.

The AGM expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Klaus Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Uniper, for his many years of productive work within the IBC, and accepted his retirement from the post of Vice-President of the Congress. Rainer Seele, chairman of the board of OMV AG, was elected as his successor in this post.

The new members of the IBC’s Presiding Committee are: Dmitry Kuzovenkov (Baker Hughes); Keith Martin (Uniper SE), Arnaud Le Foll (Total, Russia); Alexander Liberov (Siemens, Russia), Leonid Mukhamedov (Schneider Electric Industry), Denis Panasenko (Academy of Technology), Famil Sadygov (Gazprom), Dmitry Samorukov (Gazmashproekt), Shinsuke Toda (Mizuho Bank) and Han Fennema (Nederlandse Gasunie).

Further to the amendments to the articles of association introduced upon the decision of the 22nd Annual General Meeting, a new position has been created in the organisational structure of the Congress, which was chairman of the board. Alexander Medvedev, member of the supervisory board of Nord Stream 2, has been elected to this post and will lead the work of the Congress’s board.

Given his retirement, Udo Voelker, the coordinator of the IBC’s board, has also announced his departure from the IBC. Andreas Boeldt, head of the OMV’s representative office in Moscow, has been elected as a new coordinator.

Delegates at the IBC’s 22nd Annual General Meeting listened to a report by the Board, approved the annual accounts for the 2018 financial year, agreed on the auditors for 2019 and approved the work of the IBC’s main bodies.

The second half of the 22nd AGM took the form of a conference entitled as “Natural Gas – Paving the Way to an Ecological Economy”. The Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and head of Department of Gazprom, Oleg Aksyutin, and Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Barreiss, gave presentations. There was also a panel discussion on the subject of the conference with the following participants:
Christian Bruch, member of the board of the Linde Group; Mario Mehren, CEO and chairman of the board of Wintershall Dea; Keith Martin, board member of Uniper SE; Han Fennema, CEO and chairman of the board of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie; Jiao Fangzheng, vice-president of CNPC, and Timm Kehler, managing director of Zukunft Erdgas.

A series of bilateral business meetings also took place under the auspices of the IBC’s 22nd AGM.