Qatar, the Guest Country at SPIEF 2021, to present the Business Programme Architecture and the Doha Hall
In the pavilion of the XXIV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will be held on June 2-5, 2021 in St. Petersburg, the official delegation of Qatar will organize a unique business platform - Doha Hall.
All events are combined on the working days of the forum into thematic tracks: "Innovation and Sport", "Russia-Qatar Business Dialogue", "Youth Forum". Also, as part of the business program, the "Russia-Qatar Cultural Dialogue" will be held under the auspices of the Creative Business Forum, the QatarDebate Show.
“Realizing the importance of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Qatar has prepared a large-scale business program, which will be presented at the national pavilion of Qatar. Doha Hall, on the territory of the pavilion, will become a space where the heads of ministries and departments, heads of key companies of the country, representatives of public organizations will discuss the strengthening of economic and political relations between states, business and cultural ties, cooperation in the field of ecology and nature protection, sports and innovation, health care and information technology. During the Forum, in order to develop and strengthen our economic relations, over 200 B2B meetings of Qatari and Russian businessmen are planned. The result of such activity and interaction of the two parties will be the signing of more than 60 agreements”, - said His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al Thani, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation.
The kickoff day on June 2 at the Qatar Pavilion will be dedicated to innovation and sports. The World Health Innovation Summit (WISH) session "Innovation and Global Health: a Wealth of Opportunity in Entrepreneurship" will focus on Health Tech & Med Tech: telemedicine, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and big data in the service of digital health. Cross-cultural integration between Qatar and Russia, as well as the prospects for the development of intercountry high-tech, science-intensive, and digital projects will be discussed at the session "Russia-Qatar Innovative Dialogue". At the session "Macro-Economic and Social Impact of Sport" will consider the prospects for the development of a multi-billion-dollar sports industry, which is a driver of innovation, the global economy and an important tool for building international sports diplomacy.
The first workday on June 3 at Doha Hall will discuss the growth points of the Qatari economy, investment opportunities of the Middle East state and the prospects for trade relations between Russia and Qatar during the sessions "Russia-Qatar Business Dialogue" and "Invest Qatar: Emerging Investment and Trade Opportunities of Qatar". The Qatar Development Bank (QDB) will showcase nine high-tech emerging companies with innovative solutions in various industries at a pitch session for Qatari startups. Participants of the dialogue "Russia-Qatar: Preparing for the World Cup and European Championship and Safeguarding their Legacy" will share practical knowledge On June 4, at the sites of the Qatar pavilion, the track of business dialogue between the countries will continue. The Qatar Financial Center (QFC) session "Digital Transformation of Business" will discuss fundamental changes in all areas - from corporate governance to corporate culture and communications. It will be continued by the QFC networking session.
In addition to the business program on June 4, within the framework of the Creative Business Forum, the “Russia-Qatar Cultural Dialogue” will take place. Among the participants in the event is Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Director General of the Doha Film Institute. Experts will provide guidance for politicians, scientists, creative entrepreneurs on working in creative industries, touch on such topical topics as women's entrepreneurship, trends in creative education and the formation of investment projects, the creation of creative clusters.
On the final day of SPIEF-2021, June 5, the theme of which will be the track "Man in a New Reality. Responding to Global Challenges", the main focus will be on the youth agenda. The day will open with an education business breakfast "University between Global Challenges and Local Commitments: Life after the Pandemic". The key session will be the session of the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE) "Leading the Future: Education in a Multi-Pandemic World".
The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation will share its experience at the session "Innovative Financing and Partnerships for Education". Experts from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will talk about the "Youth Building New World", and under the auspices of the Qatar National Library (QNL), the session "Transforming Libraries and Books in the Digital World: best practices".
QatarDebate show on "Climate Change: Fighting or Adapting?", which will be attended by students. will support the youth track and the closing event of the business program in the Qatar Pavilion.
“As we represent the leading universities in Qatar at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, we want to convey our strategic vision and valuesto maximize the potential of students in the learning process and in the course of their research activities,” said Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of the University of Qatar. - At SPIEF-2021, we will present the results of our research, which can be successfully implemented in various sectors of the economy. We hope that the Forum will open up new prospects for us in cooperation with Russian universities”.
The business agenda of the SPIEF will be complemented by a large-scale cultural program of the Qatari official delegation. Exhibition "Qatar between Land and Sea. Through Arts and Heritage" in the halls of the Russian Ethnographic Museum will present the history of Qatar through unique material objects of various cultures. The Qatar Film Days Festival will showcase the Qatar film industry. The Mawaheb Festival will introduce the Russian public to the musical culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
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25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. I sincerely congratulate the Forum organizers and all those who have taken and are taking part in its work on this significant anniversary.
Over the years, the Forum has become a highly respected and representative international event. Its participants, which include Russian and foreign politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, focus on a variety of topics concerning the domestic and world economy: from specific areas of industrial cooperation to information security and environmental protection. Mutually beneficial long-term contracts are signed and business experience is exchanged in the course of direct and constructive communication.
The Forum’s anniversary is taking place at a difficult time for the entire international community. The mistakes of Western countries in economic policy over many years and illegitimate sanctions have led to a wave of global inflation, the disruption of usual supply chains, and a sharp increase in poverty and food shortages. Yet, as can be the case, along with these challenges, new prospects are emerging. This is why the Forum’s slogan – New Opportunities in a New World – seems so relevant.
I am confident that for Russia the 2020s will become a period when the country strengthens its economic sovereignty, which involves the accelerated development of its infrastructure and technological base, qualitative upgrades in the level of training for specialists, as well as the establishment of an independent and efficient financial system. In addition, the Russian economy will increasingly rely on private initiatives and, of course, will remain committed to transparency and broad international cooperation.
It is in our common interests to bolster trade and investment, encourage the joint development of technologies, strengthen financial and stock markets, and increase the share of settlements in national currencies. It is crucial to introduce and develop truly mutually beneficial integration models, as is already being done in the Eurasian Economic Union.
I strongly believe that the Forum will continue to make a significant contribution to solving numerous high-priority challenges facing humanity, while mutual trust, meaningfulness and commitment to fruitful dialogue and partnership will invariably remain its distinguishing features.