The Programme currently lists more than 90 events including working sessions, panel discussions, business dialogues, thematic business breakfasts, televised debates, etc. The events have been structured under four major thematic pillars: The Global Economy in an Era of Change, Harnessing Russia’s Growth Potential, Human Capital in the Digital Economy and Technology for Leadership.
“The key theme of the SPIEF 2018 is Building a Trust Economy. It covers all topics with an umbrella term and allows participants and guests of the Forum from around the world to discuss the key challenges that the global business community faces today, as well as to identify economic growth potential. The world economy is in a desperate need of trust, which is conceived in the discourse,” noted Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Head of the SPIEF Programme Committee.
Plenary session with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of France Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will be the key event of the Forum.
Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs had the following comments on the programme of the Forum: “The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018 will focus on both the development of conventional sectors of the economy (energy, transport, etc.) and the new trends in digitalization. In particular, government and business representatives will discuss antimonopoly regulation within digital economy; development of skills and expertise and the future of labor markets; digital technology in AIC; information security in the context of globalization. SPIEF 2018 will host Business 20 Regional Consultation Forum (B20) that will bring together the representatives of the Argentine presidency in the B20, global business leaders and heads of international organizations. It will focus on preliminary recommendations for the G20 leaders in preparation for the 30th summit that will take place in Buenos Aires 30 November–1 December 2018. High-level business delegations from the USA, France, Japan, India, Italy, Finland and many other countries will attend the SPIEF 2018.”
Youth Economic Forum will conclude the SPIEF 2018 in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation issued to the Roscongress Foundation, Federal Agency for Youth (Rosmologezh) and OPORA ROSSII Public Association on organizing a permanent youth platform at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.