Results of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 ‘Time to Act: Shared Paths to Stability and Growth’
St Petersburg, 25 June 2015 - The welcome address at this year’s Forum was delivered by Sergei Prikhodko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chief of Staff of the Government of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
1. Forum events
The Forum programme was unique in both scope and the subjects covered by a total of over 150 events.
The main Forum programme included 84 events:
- Opening of the Forum and the panel discussion ‘Economics: Frank Answers to Pressing Questions’
- Plenary Session ‘Time to Act: Shared Paths to Stability and Growth’
- SCO Business Forum
- BRICS Business Forum
- B20 Regional Consultation Forum in the format of two panel discussions
- Valdai International Discussion Club session
- Media Summit
- 2 prize award ceremonies: Global Energy, Development Prize
- 44 main programme panel discussions
- 8 business roundtables
- 4 briefings
- 1 Sberbank of Russia Plenary Session;
- 6 events in TV debate format
- 3 events in the format ‘Conversations with the Extraordinary’
- 2 discussions in roundtable format
- 3 business breakfasts
- 3 events within the scope of the Forum: business programme of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, event of the French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie), Board of Trustees of the Con-nection Deaf-Blind Support Fund
This year, a new approach was taken to forming the interesting programme, involving the expert community.
According to the participants, “the discussions were more substantive, direct and open and the ideas expressed at the sessions will undoubtedly be of use in their work going forward”.
A group of our experts worked at all the events, the outcome of which will be a selection of proposals on the results of the business programme for presentation to the President of the Russian Federation.
2. Forum Business Programme
The Forum programme covered a broad range of issues in four main spheres.
Under the first of these,‘RUSSIA: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIES’, 19 events were held, including: 2 roundtables ‘SMEs as Competitive Disruptors to Spur Economic Activity’ and ‘Presentation of the National Investment Climate Rating for the Russian Regions’, 3 events in TV debate format and 14 panel sessions.
Within the scope of the second main topic ‘GLOBAL ECONOMY: NEW CHALLENGES AND SHIFTING HORIZONS’, 22 events were held, including a Media Summit, the Valdai Club session, 1 roundtable ‘Powering Opportunity: Integrating European, Russian and Asian Energy Sectors’, 3 events in TV debate format and 16 panel sessions.
Under the third main topic ‘HUMAN CAPITAL AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT’, 7 panel sessions were held.
The fourth main topic ‘DISRUPTORS: TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES’ included 8 panel sessions on the first day.
Over 668 speakers and moderators took part in the discussions at the Forum events.
3. VIP participants
The central event at the Forum was the Plenary Session ‘Time to Act: Shared Paths to Stability and Growth’, with the participation of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. This was covered by over 70 international TV channels, including our Media Partners: CNBC, Bloomberg, CCTV.
The plenary session, roundtables and briefings were attended by 50 Russian VIPs: ministers, heads of federal agencies and services and 50 foreign VIP participants, including: Al-Najafi Osama, Vice President of Republic of Iraq; Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China; Almazbek Atambayev, President of Kyrgyzstan; Saikhanbileg Chimediin, Prime Minister of Mongolia; Tun Nyan, Vice President of Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Dacic Ivica, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia; Ljajic Rasim, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia; Matyushevski Vasili, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus; Mikvabya Artur, Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia.
High level delegations attended the Forum from China, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Nicaragua.
4. Participants in the Forum
SPIEF 2015 was attended by:
- Prime Ministers of Greece and Mongolia, Vice-Presidents of Iraq and Myanmar, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Bahrain and Greece, and 28 ministers from 22 countries (Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, , Qatar, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan).
- First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus, Vice-Premier Minister of Armenia, Prime Minister of Abkhazia and 10 ministers from CIS countries (Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan), Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Pridnestrovian Moldovian Republic.
The heads of 63 constituent entities of the Russian Federation took part in the Forum.
The participants in SPIEF 2015 totalled about 10,000, including the Media and accompanying persons.
The events were attended by participants from 120 countries, including Russia.
The Forum was attended this year by CEOs of 486 Russian companies and 319 of foreign companies.
6. Media representatives
There was also a great deal of media interest in the Forum, with 2061 applications being received (including 444 applications from foreign media representatives and 1617 from Russian media representatives) from 43 countries to participate in the event (excluding Russia): Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, the Republic of South Ossetia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
7. Forum Partners
In 2015, Forum Partners included 53 companies, including 4 General Partners: Sberbank of Russia, NK Rosneft, Vnesheconombank, OAO Gazprom; the Strategic Partner was JSC Rosseti; the Telecommunications Partner – OAO MegaFon, and the Intellectual Partner – PwC; the Business Networking Platform partner – EY.
There were 33 information partners, including 3 General Information Partners (Russia 24, Russia Today, TASS) and 1 Special Information Partner (RBC).
A total of 205 agreements were signed, including:
1 framework protocol on cooperation
4 declarations of intent to conclude agreements
The total value of the agreements (not involving trade secrets) signed amounted to RUB 293.4 billion, including credit agreements for RUB 44.2 billion.
The Government of St. Petersburg signed agreements valued at RUB 40 billion, the Leningrad Region signed 7 agreements, including 3 investment agreements for RUB 42.2 billion, and the Rostov Region signed 7 agreements worth a total of RUB 14 billion.