A veritable economic platform, this megacity of more than 13 million inhabitants distinguishes itself through its wish to increase the number of foreign investors. A key link in the international financial market, Moscow is home to most of the large financial structures of the country, including banks, insurance companies and the stock market. With more than 160 organisations active in research and development, it also demonstrates its openness to the sciences and new technologies. Characterised by its vitality, it's also the centre of the communicaton network of the country with its four airports and its nine train stations. The Moscow Stock Exchange is impressively dynamic, like most of the emerging places. It benefits, in particular, from this city which is a real centre of globalisation.