SPIEF 2021 MAGAZINE
A black swan with white feathers
The events of the past 18 months have completely reshaped the world. In an instant, the spread of a terrible disease has cast light on the true state of healthcare systems around the world. It has also been a stress test on countries’ financial systems. Russia has weathered the storm and has endured minimal damage in comparison to the biggest global economies.
“Businesspeople miss direct communication and real-life networking”
SPIEF 2021 is the first large-scale convention since the start of the pandemic. The Forum that brings together heads of government and business leaders, scientists and experts, marks the recovery of the economy and the restart of integration processes. The world has changed. What this ‘new normal’ will be depends on us.
At the centre of possibilities
Qatar is a guest country of SPIEF this year. Though not its first time at the Forum, this is the first time that it will have a special status. What can this Middle Eastern state offer a partner like Russia?
“Digital progress, clean energy, and ethical growth will facilitate the transition to the economy of the future”
Alexander Machkevitch, regular SPIEF participant, Chairman of Board of directors, Eurasian Resources Group, shares his vision.
The extraordinary St. Petersburg
Once you check all the main boxes on the St. Petersburg to-do list – wait in line to visit the Hermitage, take a ride along the rivers and canals, spend a night out in the bars on Rubenstein or Belinsky streets – it is time to head where the city of imperial grandeur presents itself in a totally different fashion.
Falconry is one of the most expensive hobbies in the world and is especially popular in the Arab countries. A bird of prey can cost well over USD 400 thousand, and it is no easy task to find a really good one. Valuable breeds are found in the Far East of Russia, and it will not be long before the largest falconry centre in the Russian Federation will open in Kamchatka. Unsurprisingly, this news excites ornithology enthusiasts from far and wide.