St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 Agenda

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By Chris Devonshire-Ellis

  • Event takes place June 2-5 
  • Themed ‘A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality’

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held, partially online this year, from June 2-5. It is an important forum for Russian and International governments and businesses to discuss future co-operations and explore opportunities. Dezan Shira & Associates, recognizing Russia’s importance in Asian and global trade, always attend as it provides the firm with key intelligence and insights. Russian President Putin will provide the keynote speech.

This year’s SPIEF is titled ‘A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality’ during which issues of the Russian and global economy, as well as social and technological agendas, will be discussed.

The business program will include sessions on economic recovery and international cooperation, including discussions on Eurasian integration, transformation of global trade, effectiveness of business during the pandemic, the global energy market, recovery of the food market, and the sustainability of national healthcare systems.

Russia’s national development goals are also among the topics to be discussed at the forum. Sessions will cover the transition from the anti-crisis agenda to strengthening the long-term potential of the country’s economy, the investment climate in Russian regions, shaping of the Russian research and technology space, development of the financial market, creation of circular economy, and the functioning of strategically important industries.

Anton Kobyakov, a Russian Presidential advisor, and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee says “This year the SPIEF program 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.”

Traditional intercountry business dialogues will be held as part of the economic forum with representatives of the business communities of Italy, Germany, France, US, India, Africa, Finland, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the EAEU-ASEAN business dialogue and WHO leadership.

Details of the event can be obtained from the forum website here while commentary and opinion from the Forum will be posted on Russia Briefing. A complimentary subscription to Russia Briefing can be obtained here.

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