St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2011 Key Themes and Program Architecture Have Been Confirmed

Mar 03, 2011, 02:47 ET from St Petersburg Economic Forum

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) met on February 22 to approve the key themes and program architecture for SPIEF 2011.

This year's meeting will convene under the theme "Emerging Leadership for a New Era". Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will attend the Forum, and we also expect to welcome a greater number of participants from emerging market economies. Asia in particular will be well represented, with a number of Heads of State from the region planning to come.

The SPIEF 2011 sessions will be structured along three major subthemes. Sessions under the subtheme "Securing Global Growth" will focus on opportunities for balanced growth and potential threats to the global economy, currency policies, and the future of energy supplies among others.

A number of sessions will be organized under the subtheme "Building Russia's Creative Capital", which will focus in depth on Russia's business and economic environment and modernization efforts, including stimulating innovation, plans to create a global financial centre in Moscow, unleashing entrepreneurship and developing a new generation of leaders. The Forum program will also include briefings and question-and-answer sessions involving Russian officials responsible for privatization, infrastructure development, healthcare reform and the overall business and investment climate.

Finally, there are a host of sessions under the subtheme "Expanding Technology Horizons", which will explore in-depth the topics covering a broad range of disruptive innovations and technologies. Traditional panel sessions will be supplemented by industry breakfasts as well as business roundtable discussions. Particular attention will also be devoted to energy issues, with sessions bringing together international experts and the heads of the world's leading energy companies.

SOURCE St Petersburg Economic Forum