SPIEF 2015 Forum Theme: ‘Time to Act: Shared Paths to Stability and Growth’


The 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will once again bring together heads of states and governments, political leaders, CEOs and top managers of major Russian and international companies, leading world experts, representatives of Russian federal and regional authorities on June 18–20, 2015. The slogan of this year’s Forum will be Time to Act: Shared Paths to Stability and Growth.

The business programme will be marked by a variety of international events and discussion formats. St. Petersburg has been chosen as the platform for key international events of this year’s business agenda: the SCO and BRICS Business Forums and the G20 Advisory Forum. The Forum will include an Energy Summit with the heads of energy companies, a Media Summit, and a Young Leaders Forum.There will also be a session of the Valdai Club Session, the first of its kind to ever take place at SPIEF. SPIEF DEBATE is an innovative new discussion format, which allows experts with opposing views to discuss the most pressing issues face to face. Tried and tested SPIEF formats also make their way onto the Forum’s agenda, including: panel discussions, briefings, television debates, seminars, country-specific round tables, business breakfasts, ‘Conversations with Extraordinary People’, as well as the Global Energy and Development Prize awards ceremonies.

The discussions will cover four main topics of the program:


Sessions on this topic include: the challenges facing the global economy and financial system; current integration processes and collaboration between integration associations and the oil, gas and energy industries; international trade; global infrastructural projects and geopolitics.


This topic features discussions and presentations dedicated to industrial policy, structural reforms, anti-crisis policy, the search for internal sources and forms of funding financial growth, monetary policy, regional development and the investment climate in Russia. The programme also includes a presentation of the results of the National Investment Climate Rating of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as discussions of new ways to develop individual sectors of the Russian economy.


This topic is dedicated to the level of professional guidance in the education system and how they correspond to the needs of business; balancing human resources, effective migration policy, the aging global population, modernization of healthcare, social responsibility and patronage.


This topic covers technology transfer, intellectual property and personal data protection, the development of efficient cyber security systems, as well as innovations that transform our understanding of what is possible.

The SPIEF agenda was developed in view of recommendations by leading experts in the fields of economics and finance: global business and media leaders; representatives of professional business organizations, associations and agencies; prominent government figures; and scientists, economists and members of development institutes. This is what makes the SPIEF programme so unique and enables participants to view key issues from different, even opposite points of view.

Now more than ever it is important to maintain a constructive dialogue that can facilitate mutual understanding and help lay the groundwork for joint decisions and actions. This is the key idea of SPIEF agenda.

Detailed information about the Forum is available at the official website The agenda will continue to be developed from March to May 2015. We believe that the best speakers will participate in the Forum and help us discover a path to stability and growth.