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.
The Arctic Welcomes Other Regions panel session took place as part of the Conference on the Economic Development of the Arctic. The Arctic’s environment calls for specifically designed technologies, products, and services, as well as a special template for cooperation between the various regional players. Cooperation between different regions of the Arctic and beyond must play a central role in this process. The economic and scientific potential of Russia’s regions must be used to their fullest extent in order to meet the challenges facing the Arctic.
The 6th meeting of the Russia–Sudan Intergovernmental Commission was held in Moscow on 12 December. The current issues related to cooperation between the two countries were discussed by Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Azhari Abdul-Gadir Abdalla, Minister of Petroleum and Gas of the Republic of Sudan.
Vladimir Putin met with Head of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Minister-President of Bavaria, Germany, Horst Seehofer on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
“Digital economy is a new paradigm for the development of the state, the economy and society.”
To the participants, organizers and guests of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019
I extend warm greetings to all the Forum participants and guests.
For more than two decades now, the Forum has been contributing in significant ways to finding answers to the key questions the world is facing today, and shaping a meaningful and constructive agenda for far-reaching international cooperation in the interests of sustainable and balanced development. This year government officials, prominent politicians and experts, as well as business leaders and researchers, will come together to discuss the future of the Russian and global economy and exchange views on various matters related to digitalisation and the technological challenges, as well as such urgent problems as climate change and growing social inequality.
We are all, undoubtedly, committed to promoting peace and security in the world, preserving and multiplying the cultural heritage of humankind so that people from across the world can fulfil their potential, get an education and work in dignity, confident in the future of their children. In order to deliver on these objectives, we need an economy that is strong and effective, honest and transparent global trade rules, free exchange in investment and technologies, and competition that is healthy and fair. Russia is open to proactive and equitable cooperation with all countries, regional and international organisations for achieving overall economic growth, developing transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures, and promoting integration processes, including in Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific Region.
I strongly believe that the recommendations developed at the Forum and the agreements signed on its sidelines will serve the cause of enhancing international partnerships and building a prosperous future for our countries and peoples.
I hope you enjoy fruitful communication and wish you all the best.