Over a hundred discussions are planned in the SPIEF 2021 business programme architecture



Over a hundred discussions are planned in the SPIEF 2021 business programme architecture

Over a hundred discussions are planned in the SPIEF 2021 business programme architecture

The architecture of the business programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that will take place on 2–5 June 2021 has been published on the Forum official website. The central theme of the Forum is A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality.

The main part of the SPIEF 2021 business programme includes more than a hundred events divided into four tracks touching upon the issues of global and Russian economy, as well as social and technological agenda. Business sessions will be broadcast on Forum platforms so that participants from the countries where travelling is limited due to measures against the spread of the coronavirus have access to discussions. A number of special sessions will be available in recording.

Joining Forces to Advance Development will be the key track of the business programme. It will include sessions on economic recovery and international cooperation, including discussions on Eurasian integration, transformation of global trade, effectiveness of business during the pandemic, global energy market, recovery of food market, and sustainability of national healthcare systems.

“Last year brought to the fore the need to join efforts to address national and global challenges. The new economic reality means the economy of cooperation and partnership aimed at maintaining the goals of sustainable development. After a long break, SPIEF will become one of the first international business events held offline and, undoubtedly, a platform for building a dialogue that will help implement new partnership projects,” noted Andrei Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee.

The second theme block of the business programme is devoted to national development targets. Sessions under this track touch upon the transition from the anti-crisis agenda to strengthening the long-term potential of the economy, investment climate in Russian regions, shaping of Russian research and technology space, development of the financial market, creation of circular economy, and functioning of strategically important industries.

“This year the SPIEF programme will be particularly eventful and relevant. The new economic reality is the agenda that includes all key issues of social and state development. Global challenges that we have faced during the pandemic establish new rules. There is a long period of recovery ahead of us; our actions and the effectiveness of planning and management will determine how quickly we can overcome the negative consequences of the pandemic and move to sustainable economic growth. SPIEF will again bring together representatives of the Russian and international business community, government authorities and public organizations to search for opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership,” emphasized Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov.

Discussions under the New Technology Frontiers track will feature the topics of international cooperation in science, digital sovereignty and information security, healthcare digitalization, tech ethics and others.

Participants of business sessions of The Human Factor in Responding to Global Challenges theme block will talk about cultural codes of the new reality, collaboration in international education projects, and new skills and employment models in a post-COVID world. Moreover, there are sessions on the development of creative industries, sport and education.

Traditional intercountry business dialogues will be held as part of SPIEF featuring representatives of business communities of Italy, Germany, France, USA, India, Africa, Finland, Japan, Latin America, Middle East, as well as the EAEU–ASEAN business dialogue. Moreover, under the umbrella of SPIEF, international meetings in business room format will be held with the participation of representatives of Roscongress Foundation’s international partners and businesses in the corresponding world regions.

The business programme of the event also includes Breakfast for Pharmaceutical Companies, Sber Breakfast and IT Breakfast.

Apart from the main business programme, SPIEF will also host the SME Forum, Youth Economic Forum, SCO, BRICS and ASEAN events, B20 Regional Consultation Forum, Creative Business Forum and Drug Safety and Security Forum, as well as events on Arctic and African agenda.

The full SPIEF 2021 architecture is available on the Forum website: forumspb.com.

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