The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is an invaluable event for discussing current issues across a wide range of areas, and identifying answers and solutions to them. With each year, the number of countries represented at the Forum increases, as does interest in the event from members of the business community, heads of international organizations, government officials, experts, scientists, and journalists.
SPIEF 2019 was attended by more than 19,000 people from 145 countries. Countries represented for the first time at the event included Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Côte d’Ivoire, Lesotho, Nepal, Niger, San Marino, Somalia, and Eswatini.
Among those who came to St. Petersburg were government and political figures from 110 countries, members of the business community representing more than 3,500 Russian and international companies, and heads of more than 1,800 Russian companies and 570 international ones.
The largest business delegations were from China (1,100 participants), the US (542), Germany (334), the UK (312), France (249), Japan (219), Switzerland (190), Italy (160), and the Netherlands (106).
SPIEF 2019 was convened under the theme ‘Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda’. More than 230 events were held as part of the business programme, featuring more than 1,300 moderators, speakers, and experts from Russia and across the world.
The plenary session included addresses by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini, and Secretary‑General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. The leaders commented on a range of issues affecting the global economy, the current globalization model, international trade, and the financial system. The session also covered the exacerbation of unfair competition between nations, protectionism, trade wars, and unilaterally imposed sanctions and restrictions.
The Forum programme was divided into four thematic pillars: ‘The Global Economy in Search of a Balance’, ‘The Russian Economy: Achieving National Development Goals’, ‘Technologies Shaping the Future’, and ‘People First’.
A range of business dialogues between Russia and other countries also took place, and were of particular interest among participants. Eighteen country-specific events were held at SPIEF 2019, including the business dialogues Russia–Finland, Russia–Italy, Russia–France, Russia–Germany, Russia–Sweden, Russia–Switzerland, Russia–China, Russia–India, Russia–USA, and Russia–Africa, amongst others.
In what marked a first, SPIEF hosted a session on cooperation with Europe, organized with assistance from the Association of European Businesses: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Business in Russian-European Relations Today – And in the Future’.
In addition, SPIEF hosted several special events: the B20 Regional Consultation Forum; a Valdai Discussion Club session; SCO and BRICS conferences; the Second Russia–China Energy Business Forum; a Trialogue of Dialogues: St. Petersburg, Sochi, and Trianon; and the International Youth Economic Forum.
CULTURAL AND SPORTING PROGRAMMES
More than 100 events were held as part of the Festival of Culture, catering to a wide range of tastes. The festival was organized by the Roscongress Foundation with support from the Government of St. Petersburg. Numerous programmes were offered by a range of museums, theatres, concert venues, exhibition centres, parks, and palaces. SPIEF 2019’s sporting programme was divided into three areas, consisting of events across 12 disciplines, business sessions covering various sports-related topics, and stands in the exhibition area featuring sporting projects.
Social issues and healthcare formed an important part of SPIEF’s business agenda. SPIEF 2019 featured two new thematic areas: Building Trust and Healthy Life. Together, they hosted more than 50 business events.
Building Trust brought together two projects by the Roscongress Foundation – the Innovation Space and Innosocium LAB – and focused on innovation, the social agenda, and education.
The Healthy Life Area also appeared for the first time at SPIEF 2019, and provided a dedicated platform for discussing key issues related to increasing life expectancy and improving quality of life.
For more information, visit the Outcomes of SPIEF 2019 section of the website.