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by June 1, 2011 Affairs

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 1/PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ — –

– The Definitive Platform on the Russian and Emerging Market Economic Environment

One of the key issues to be discussed at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum on 16-18 June is the financing of Russia’s modernization. A number of sessions will be devoted to this subject,
in particular the session ‘Raising Capital for Russia’s Growth’ on June 18, co-produced by UBS and televised by Bloomberg TV.

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As the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a news conference held at Moscow’s Skolkovo management school on May 18, 2011 noted, “The investment climate is vital for our success…I will certainly be back to this issue shortly, including at the Forum in St. Petersburg.” The investment
climate in Russia will be the topic of a number of briefings, as well as it will feature in most of the sessions under the pillar “Building Russia’s Creative Capital” throughout the three days of the Forum.

But this year’s SPIEF is not solely focussed on the business opportunities in Russia. Another key theme is the growing role of major emerging markets in defining the post-crisis economic environment. There a
number of relevant sessions in the program, such as the CNBC co-produced and televised session, “BRIC Bucks and Beyond: How Emerging Markets are Reshaping Global Finance”. The importance of emerging markets is further underscored by the confirmation of China’s President Hu Jintao to attend this year’s Forum, and a large delegation of Chinese and Asian business leaders from a wide range of industrial sectors are expected to participate.

This year the Forum strives to broaden its representation from key emerging markets as well as introduce a number of technological enhancements and new session formats to improve interaction and networking, as well as to better the overall participant experience.

In addition to general networking opportunities, the St Petersburg International Economic Forum provides participants an opportunity to meet key people from representatives of the Russian Government on the federal and regional level, as well as engage with top executives of major Russian and key emerging market companies, such as Gazprom, Sberbank, Rosneft, Federal Grid Company, Rosnano,, MMK, Severstal, Sistema, MTS, Polyus Gold, RusHydro, Lukoil, Rusal, and Svyazinvest and many others. To enhance networking opportunities, this year SPIEF is introducing a new service – Personal Schedule/Business Networking Platform (BNP) – which allows participants to more easily make contact and manage schedules for business meetings within the scope of the Forum.

Highlighting the importance of European-Russian ties, the Closing Plenary at SPIEF 2011 – moderated by the Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson – will feature a discussion involving the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodrigues Zapater and President of Finland Tarja Halonen.

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SOURCE: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum


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