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 24 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 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is set to take place on 2–5 June 2021. As in previous years, the business programme will focus on the global and Russian economies, social issues, and technological development.

The Forum will be held in strict accordance with health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, carefully drawn up by the Organizing Committee in line with the WHO recommendations. SPIEF 2021 will provide a full range of services to enable participants to effectively nurture and expand their business network and enjoy safe, productive participation, including in an enriching cultural and sporting programme.

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.


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.

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.

Being a partner provides unparalleled business promotion opportunities at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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.

The Roscongress Information and Analytical System is a unique Roscongress Foundation knowledge base.

The Roscongress Information and Analytical System takes best practices from global development institutions and combines them with Russian information analysis tools to provide quick and easy access to all resources related to major business events in Russia that are organized by the Roscongress Foundation.

Features of the interactive knowledge base:

  • Descriptions of more than 2000 sessions across 271 topics covering global and national development

  • Talks, interviews, and insights from more than 8,500 speakers

  • Research studies, articles, analytical digests, and expert opinions


Since 2016 the main events of SPIEF 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.