Highest International Attendance Ever at St. Petersburg Economic Forum
President Vladimir Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters before June 1-3 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) began Thursday, that it would bring together 511 companies from 62 countries as well as the heads of the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, OPEC, the IMF, and a number of other international organizations. It will be the highest attendance ever at the SPIEF.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss Russia's insufficient representation in some UN bodies, Syria and Ukraine crises, and situation on the Korean Peninsula with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "It will focus on 'hot' international issues, namely terrorism, then certainly Syria and Korea, and apparently the Ukraine crisis along with issues related to reforming the UN," Ushakov said. "We are closely watching these issues, as Russia's representation at some UN bodies is evidently not sufficient."
Putin will hold short meetings with Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern, President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq Nechervan Barzani, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. He went on, "Other meetings (between Putin and other leaders and heads of delegations) are not ruled out."
The first day of the forum will feature the development of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Russia, and in this context, a "Made in Russia" campaign has been launched by the Russian Export Center, to attract clients abroad for products from the country. The Export Center will begin granting the first "Made in Russia" certificates during June, focusing initially on exprts to China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Iran, Indian, South America and the CIS states. Some time later, European markets will be targeted as well.