Calling Namibian business owners

20 December 2018 | Business

The 21st St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held from 6 - 8 June next year, in St Petersburg. The forum is an annual business event for the economic sector, which has been held in since 1997, and since 2005, under auspices of the Russian president. More than 10 000 delegates from roughly 120 countries attend annually, bringing together business leaders, political leaders, prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, departmental ministers, and governors.

Business owners and governments have the opportunity to engage with business leaders from Russia and elsewhere to seek investment, technology or partnerships.

In 2005, President Vladimir Putin took part in the forum for the first time. Through his participation, the forum attained the informal status of a ‘presidential’ event. The next year, Putin announced that the Russian government would host the forum annually and the current format of SPIEF is more of a successor to its previous incarnation than its continuation.

The first ‘updated’ forum was held in 2007 and in that same year a partnership between the World Economic Forum (WEF) and SPIEF was announced with an agreement signed on 25 January that year.

According to Putin, “The St Petersburg meetings have become a good tradition. We value the forum’s atmosphere of trust and openness. Such a discussion and an informal dialogue are particularly important today when the environment for doing business and making investments, as well as everyday life, are going through dynamic changes too.”

According to Putin’s advisor and the executive secretary of the organising committee of SPIEF Anton Kobyakov, marketing of the event has kicked off and is going very well.

“The advertising campaign includes a number of events including regional sessions and industry-specific round tables. The SPIEF international promotional campaign consists of events in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.”

Namibian business owners seeking investments or partnerships are urged to log on to www. Forumspb.com/en/ for further information.

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