About the Forum

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event.

Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

The main events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 6–8 June, 2019 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The main events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 6–8 June, 2019 will take place at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ExpoForum is a modern convention and exhibition centre that meets the standards of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).

For more information on the Forum venue, see the Forum venue section of our website. For detailed information about the geography, history, and key landmarks of St. Petersburg, see the About St. Petersburg section of our website.

Forum Organizing Committee

For a full list of SPIEF 2019 Organizing Committee members, see the Organizing Committee section of our website.

The Roscongress Foundation

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 206 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by more than 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 94 countries worldwide.


The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is an effective tool for discussing current issues in a broad spectrum of sectors, and seeking responses and solutions.

The interest shown by the global business community, heads of international organizations, officials, experts, scientists, and the media in the Forum grows every year, as does the number of countries from which participants are drawn.

SPIEF 2018, which was devoted to the key theme of ‘Building a Trust Economy’, brought together more than 17,000 participants from 143 countries. Attendees included more than 200 heads of major foreign companies and 700 heads of Russian companies.

Over 150 business events were held at the Forum venue as part of the main SPIEF programme, split across four thematic blocks: Technology for Leadership, Harnessing Russia’s Growth Potential, Human Capital in the Digital Economy, and The Global Economy in an Era of Change.

The central event on the SPIEF 2018 business programme was a plenary session featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, and Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde.

The Forum included bilateral business dialogues (Russia–France, Russia–Japan) involving the respective heads of state, a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of international news agencies, a meeting with heads of international companies, events at the International Youth Economic Forum, and a session of the International Valdai Discussion Club. A special event for SPIEF 2018 was a B20 Regional Consultation Forum. SPIEF 2018 kicked off with a business breakfast entitled ‘Australia–Russia Business Re-Connection: How and Why?’, a discussion between EAEU and ASEAN business circles in the form of a business lunch entitled ‘Development of Trade and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and ASEAN. Russia’s Role in the Process’, the 4th Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum, the ‘Increasing the Contribution of Women to Economic Growth and Prosperity: Creating an Enabling Environment’ International Forum and the ‘Women as Leaders’ Conference.

The SPIEF programme also incorporated more than 60 cultural programme events, as well as sporting programme events, including competitions in ten disciplines and the traditional corporate games held under the Roscongress Sport Club brand. An important innovation at SPIEF 2018 was the large-scale inclusion of a social agenda in the Forum programme and the launch of the Roscongress Foundation’s social platform.

See ‘Outcomes of SPIEF 2018’ for more information.

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 participants will be able to choose from two participation packages:

Premium Package

  • access to all events on the SPIEF business programme (except invitation-only events)

  • participation in the plenary session

  • access to all events on the SPIEF cultural and sporting programmes (except invitation-only events)

  • a set of SPIEF Premium Package handout materials

Standard Package

  • participation in all events on the SPIEF business programme (excluding the plenary session and invitation-only events)

  • no access to the plenary session

  • participation in some SPIEF cultural and sporting programme events

  • a set of SPIEF Standard Package handout materials

You will find more detailed information on SPIEF 2019 participant packages and fees in the Participants section of the Forum website.

Legal entities and individuals registered in the Russian Federation or abroad who have contributed to the organization and preparation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum are eligible to become SPIEF partners. This contribution may take the form of material, financial, technical, or other support, by agreement with the Forum organizers and in accordance with the terms of a signed agreement.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, please send an email to partners@roscongress.org or fill in an application form in the Become a partner section of our website. 

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will host the SPIEF Investment & Business Expo – a unique space for creating constructive dialogue, seeking solutions, joining forces, and sharing experience among Forum participants.

The exhibition will run throughout the Forum, and will be open to all participants.

For more detailed information on the SPIEF Expo, see the Exhibition section of the website.

Each year, a series of major regional events, business forums, and meetings between members of the business community is held as part of efforts to promote the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The Roscongress Foundation holds a series of events in Russia and abroad, including Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth (a joint project with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives), and SPIEF off-site sessions aimed at supporting continuous cooperation between Russian and foreign officials, and the business and scientific communities. 

For more detailed information about SPIEF off-site events, see the SPIEF Events section.

Should you have any questions regarding participation in SPIEF, or require additional information about partner packages and opportunities for participation in the Forum’s events, please contact the Roscongress Foundation.

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