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SPIEF 2012 Brings Together Over 5,000 of the World's top Business, Finance, Government, Technology and Media Leaders Under the Theme "Leadership that Works"

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SPIEF 2012 Brings Together Over 5,000 of the World's top Business, Finance, Government, Technology and Media Leaders Under the Theme "Leadership that Works" PR Newswire ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 2, 2012 ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Three presidents, two prime ministers and dozens of senior ministerial officials, over 75 Fortune 1000 top executives, and over 400 Russia's leading business and finance figures were among the 5,000 all gathered at the Sixteenth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from June 21-23 to discuss, debate and network what it takes to have "Leadership that Works." To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/st-petersburg-international- economic-forum/56565 Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin delivered the opening plenary speech, and four other heads of states attended this years Forum: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Kyrgyz Republic President Almazbek Atambayev, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga.

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SPIEF 2012 Brings Together Over 5,000 of the
World's top Business, Finance, Government,
Technology and Media Leaders Under the
Theme "Leadership that Works"
PR Newswire
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 2, 2012
ST PETERSBURG, Russia
,
July 2, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Three presidents, two prime ministers and dozens of senior ministerial officials,
over 75 Fortune 1000 top executives, and over 400 Russia's leading business
and finance figures were among the 5,000 all gathered at the Sixteenth St.
Petersburg International Economic Forum from
June 21-23
to discuss, debate
and network what it takes to have "Leadership that Works."
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/st-petersburg-international-
economic-forum/56565
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin delivered the opening plenary
speech, and four other heads of states attended this years Forum: Finnish
President Sauli Niinisto, Kyrgyz Republic President Almazbek Atambayev,
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila
Amolo Odinga.
In a broad ranging official program that emphasized interactions amongst the
global leaders and encompassed key economic, political and technology issues
shaping the global agenda, participants could chose from more than one
hundred hours of plenary sessions, 28 panel interactive debates, 4 sectoral
breakfasts and lunches, 10 roundtables, 7 presentations and other events
involving politicians and businessmen from different countries. The Forum
business programme included a total of 77 events (up from a total of 63 in
2011).
The SPIEF 2012 programme was built around four key content pillars:
Securing
the Future
,
Realizing
Russia
's Potential
,
Responding to Impact
Technologies
,
Leadership in Focus
.
The consensus amongst participants of the key issues facing
Russia
and the
world included the European financial crisis, leadership changes in key
economies, political instability in the
Middle East
, the volatility of energy prices,
increased demand from coming from emerging markets, technological
innovations and their impact on business and governance, new models of
commercial cooperation in the energy sector, and the growing role of
emerging economies in shaping regional and global agendas.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin outlined a broad foreign and
domestic agenda in his major plenary speech, noting that he considered his
main task ahead is the implementation of large-scale transformation for the
country's political economy.
As per tradition, the Global Energy prize was awarded, with the jury
commemorating developments in energy equipment for space. The recipients
of the prize were the academics Boris Katorgin, Valery Kostyuk and UK scientist
Rodney John Allam, with Ruble 33 million prize divided equally among the three
recipients.
SPIEF 2012 expanded its televised debate series this year, involving both
domestic and international broadcasters. Russia Today co-produced "European
Crossroads: Post-Crisis Scenarios" and addressed the key measures that are
need to be taken to strengthen confidence in the Euro Zone. Debates organized
in cooperation with CNBC channel focused on the theme "Banking in the 21
st
Century: New Models for a New Era" while Bloomberg focused on "New
Emerging Finance Centers". CNN co-hosted a debate on "BRIC Demand", while
Caixin Media televised a debate on
China's
changing economic model,
"Evolution or Disruption". And finally Reuters TV helped produce a session on
the shifts in investment strategy to emerging market in the session "Identifying
Alpha".
A series of one-on-one discussions entitled "Conversations to Make a
Difference" were introduced as part of the SPIEF 2012 business programme
which included respected Russian and foreign leaders in politics, business,
finances and technology such as Henry Kissinger, Yevgeny Primakov, Gerard
Lopez, Lloyd Blankfein, Oleg Deripaska, and others.
Agreements worth 360 billion rubles signed at SPIEF 2012, number of
participants exceeds 5,300 people
The 2012 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum proved to be more
fruitful in terms of agreements and contracts than in previous years. A total of
84 agreements were signed as part of SPIEF 2012 with 9 contracts having a
combined value of more than 360 billion rubles, as well as 4 loan agreements
for 164.4 billion rubles.
SPIEF 2012 was relatively balanced between Russian and international
participants with 1,018 representatives from Russian businesses and 942
executives from international businesses. The participants in the official Forum
programme included more than 157 chief executives of major multinational
companies and 447 top executives from Russian companies. 290 government
dignitaries and representatives of official delegations from 77 countries
attended SPIEF in 2012.
http://www.forumspb.com
Video: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/st-petersburg-international-
economic-forum/56565