From 6 to 8 June 2019 the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will take place in Saint-Petersburg at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre. Members of the Organizing Committee of the Forum include the Russian government and the Roscongress Foundation, which is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions and public events.
St. Petersburg Economic Forum is an international event participated annually by hundreds of delegations from around the world, representing the economic interests of different countries. The guests of SPIEF 2019 will include presidents and prime ministers of a number of European and Asian countries, top management of the largest Russian and overseas enterprises, famous politicians as well as representatives from business and academic circles. The forum is expected to draw more than 20,000 participants. However, the US ambassador to the Russian Federation and the whole delegation of American entrepreneurs have declined to participate.
The agenda of SPIEF 2019 is divided into two parts, focusing on business and cultural exchange respectively. The business part will include discussions of more than 100 topics, including economic development, health care problems, new opportunities for cooperation in cultural, environmental, tourism and other spheres involving SCO member states and other countries in Eurasia. The cultural part of the forum covers topics such as international sporting activities and culture festivals.
This year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum takes place right after the 2nd Belt and Road Forum. They both promote closer economic and cultural ties among Eurasian countries, and share the understanding that a better connected Eurasia, both economically and culturally, is the foundation of an increasingly multipolar world.
Related news and sources:
“Best Russian AI startups to present projects at SPIEF-2019 as part of the second round of the east bound contest.” Roscongress, April 22, 2019. Accessed May 17, 2019.
“Xi accepts Putin’s invitation to visit 2019 St. Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum.” Sputnik, January 12, 2018. Accessed May 17, 2019.
“St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).” SPIEF’19 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Accessed May 17, 2019.https://www.forumspb.com/en/about/?lang=en
“All you need to know about St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).” Sputnik, June 1, 2017. Accessed May 17, 2019. https://sputniknews.com/business/201706011054183226-spief-petersburg-forum/
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