The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will hold a visiting session in Doha, Qatar on 14–15 December. The session will take part as part of
preparations for the SPIEF 2020, where Qatar will participate with guest
country status. The visiting session will take place on the sidelines of the
Doha Forum, one of the biggest political and economic events in the Middle
“The SPIEF visiting session will take place for the first time on the
sidelines of one of the largest congress events in the Middle East. This is an
important step in the development of cooperation between Russia and Qatar. Trust
should become the foundation of our partnership and joint development. This is
the only way we can work together not only for the benefit of our economies,
but also for the regions and the global economy as a whole. Collaboration at
key business platforms will deepen relations between our countries in all areas
of cooperation, attract investment to Russian companies, help search for and
implement joint projects”, Adviser to the Russian President and Executive
Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov said.
The Doha Forum business programme includes a joint panel session of the
SPIEF and the Doha Forum and a SPIEF visiting session titled ‘Russia-Qatar:
Unlocking the Potential for Cooperation’, which will be held in the format of a
business lunch. The SPIEF session on the sidelines of the Doha Forum will be an
important step towards the development of Russian-Qatari relations and will
provide companies from both countries with a unique opportunity to present
their projects to potential partners and establish business contacts.
The Roscongress Foundation and the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar
(IPAQ) will also hold an agreement signing ceremony on the sidelines of the
Forum. The agreement will focus on cooperation in priority investment and
business projects. As part of the agreement, the RK-Investment Foundation will
accept applications and select promising business projects in order to further promote
them, attract investments, and implement them.
During the Doha Forum, the Roscongress Foundation will present a new focus
area – the RK-Venture Fund, which is being created to invest in innovative Russian
projects. In addition, negotiations are planned with leading Qatari investors
on the creation of a joint venture fund that will help attract investment for innovative
Russian companies and promote their projects among major Qatari companies.
A business roundtable held under the auspices of SPIEF 2016 was dedicated to the economic development of the African continent and to the relations between African countries and Russia. Africa is currently the second most attractive destination for investments, trailing only North America
The expert discussion ‘Reset or Overload? Rethinking Multilateralism among the Ruins of Globalization: A Business Perspective’ will be held as part of the business programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The session is part of the thematic track ‘Joining Forces to Advance Development’ and is being organized with the support of VTB Bank.
“Digital economy is a new paradigm for the development of the state, the economy and society.”
To participants, organizers, and guests of the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Welcome to the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Over the years, the Forum has been a place to discuss the most pressing issues facing both the Russian Federation as well as global economies. This year’s event will be no different, with participants including leading government figures; senior executives from major corporations and financial institutions; renowned experts; and pioneering entrepreneurs. The need for open, constructive dialogue is particularly evident today. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all countries across the globe, and has severely restricted international ties. It is vital to work together as we forge a path to recovery. Other socioeconomic issues such as poverty relief, improving education opportunities, expanding employment and prospects for labour markets, as well as addressing violations of fair competition principles also require careful attention.
We must now endeavour to build equal, constructive partnerships between members of the global community and expand business ties on a number of levels to effectively tackle today’s critical global challenges and achieve sustainable development. We have long worked towards these ends through the Eurasian Economic Union, which has promoted principles of free trade, and facilitated mutually beneficial investments and common technological development. The Russian Federation is also interested in closer economic, scientific, and technical cooperation with partners in other regions. We are ready to share our experience in areas such as healthcare and digitalisation, and to work with partners to build better telecommunications, energy, and transport infrastructure. We also recognize the importance of creating effective frameworks to cooperate in addressing key issues facing the environment and climate.
I firmly believe that the agreements reached at the Forum will contribute to the development of international relations and facilitate the implementation of new economic projects for the benefit of all our countries and peoples.
I wish you a productive, rewarding and successful event.