St. Petersburg (Russia) hosts for three days, the work of the International Economic Forum which is intended to be a younger brother of the traditional forum in Davos. In this year at Forum works are presented, according to organizers, more than two thousand five hundred guests, including many French (Christine Lagarde – minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, Jean Francoise Cirelli – Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, President of GDF Suez, Christophe de Margerie – General Director of Total SA, Bruno Lafont – Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Group, Didier Lombard – Chairman of the Board of Directors of France Telecom Group), led by President Nicolas Sarkozy. He is expected to St. Petersburg on Saturday, closing day of the Forum, when he will also meet with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev.
The fact is that although global economic and financial crisis (or perhaps in this case) can be said with certainty that this year the Forum, in the city of Peter the Great, met an important part of the elite of the world economy and finance. Noted the presence of Peter Loescher – President, CEO of Siemens AG and Bernhard Reutersberg – Chairman of the Management Board of E. ON Ruhrgas AG (Germany), John J. Mack – Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley and John Watson – Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Chevron Corporation (USA), James Turley – Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young LLC (UK), Stanley Fischer – Governor, The Bank of Israel. Also present ministers and government representatives from over 15 countries, diplomats and, of course, the heads of many Russian companies.
The agenda included round table meeting and discussion (plenary session and Sections) focused on solutions to overcome the global crisis and the energy strategies. Will be addressed also the main routes of Russia’s Modernization Strategy. Several framework agreements will be signed on this occasion, in areas like automobile industry, railway, gas and oil industry, telecommunications.
This year, the participants of the Forum have an opportunity to use a new service – Deep Dive (deepdive.forumspb.com), brought to you in cooperation with PWC. It provides information background and insights about each Forum session, as well as “Fast Facts”: trends, analysis in figures and graphs.