More than 100 countries at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 13. — The largest annual event, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), opened its doors to delegates from more than a hundred countries on Wednesday in the Russian city, despite pressure from the so-called West to avoid its implementation, demonstrating a growing interest in expanding cooperation with Russia, said city ​​governor.

“Geopolitical changes have certainly taken their toll. But SPIEF is still a global event,” Alexander Beglov told RIA Novosti about the 26th event, which will be held from June 14 to 17. Participants are expected to discuss key issues and prospects for the Russian and global economies.

The Governor of St. Petersburg named China, India and Vietnam among the 100 CIS countries, assured that he expects a significant number of guests from other countries of Southeast Asia, including ministerial delegations from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

According to the governor, this year SPIEF will be attended by delegations from more than 20 African countries, a large representation from the Middle East, including from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. “We warmly welcome our friends from Iran and Syria. We have topics for discussion and commercial proposals for the Arab states,” he said and confirmed that government delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico would be among the participants in the economic event.

Among the foreign guests this year at the forum will be Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz; First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar; Sultan Rashed Al Khater, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Qatar; Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah Al-Marri, among others, according to Prensa Latina, which outlined the main theme of the event, sovereign development is the basis of a just world: let’s join forces for the benefit of future generations.

Beglov explained that in light of the current “unprecedented challenges”, global companies need a platform for direct dialogue and that the forum in St. Petersburg offers an excellent opportunity for this, and as long as the West continues to put pressure on countries that want to work with Russia, you cannot to participate in SPIEF for persons who are not members of the EU and NATO.

“We are open to friends. We are ready to continue a constructive dialogue with all interested foreign partners, to build mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership,” the governor said. The 26th annual SPIEF will take place from 14 to 17 June. Participants are expected to discuss key issues and prospects related to the Russian and global economies, RT notes.

For his part, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin would take part in the forum during the traditional plenary session.

As reported on the Roscongress website, “SPIEF 2023 is divided into five thematic blocks: the global economy in an era of global change, the Russian economy: from adaptation to growth, building technological sovereignty, saving people and quality of life. , Labor market: response to new challenges”.

Six bilateral trade events are also planned in the format of a trade dialogue with foreign partners from the Arab world, Latin America, ASEAN, India and China, LP added.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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