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.