The SPIEF 2021 in numbers
On Saturday, June 5, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (the SPIEF) ended.
During four days, the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Center was visited by 13 thousand people and 11 thousand companies from 140 countries. At the forum, businessmen from all over the world signed more than 800 agreements, the total amount of which is 3.86 trillion rubles. For comparison, 745 agreements were concluded at the Forum in 2019. The plenary session was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz made speeches online.
This year, the leading regions in terms of the amount of agreements signed at the SPIEF were the Leningrad Region (1 trillion rubles), the Krasnodar Territory (160 billion rubles), the Tula Region (over 150 billion rubles), the Republic of Bashkortostan (over 120 billion rubles) and the Tver Region ( 91 billion rubles). St.Petersburg signed agreements for a total amount of more than 600 billion rubles for projects with a deadline of 2024-2025. The main areas of investment are: industry – 57.92 billion rubles, healthcare and pharmaceuticals – 35.5 billion rubles, transport infrastructure – 96.5 billion rubles, science and education - 50 billion rubles, IT – 6.5 billion rubles, tourism – 22 billion rubles, trade and public catering – 13.5 billion rubles. The geography of investors is represented by international companies from the USA, Japan, Great Britain and Qatar.
ExpoForum International not only hosted the Forum, ensuring unprecedented security at its site together with the Roscogress Foundation, but also became an active participant in the international event. Sergey Voronkov, the President of the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs, General Director of ExpoForum International, took part in negotiations with the delegation of Qatar, spoke at the session of the National Convention Bureau Association “The Age of Pioneers. Global Events as a Safe and Effective Communication Channel in the New Reality”, also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution “Congress and Exhibition Bureau”.
“I am glad and proud that the SPIEF took place, and once again Russia has shown the world the highest class of events. The SPIEF 2021 was the first global event of this level in the post-image era. Together with the Roscongress Foundation, we have ensured the highest level of security. After the modernization, the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre has no analogues in the world, with the possible exception of sites in China.
It was very pleasant to observe the busy business atmosphere during all 4 days at the Expoforum. Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro said: “The Forum in St. Petersburg is a kind of geopolitical and geo-economic resonator for the whole of Eurasia, a strategically important region that is constantly developing and is at the epicenter of great transformations in the modern world.”
This year, “zero day” of the SPIEF, June 2, coincided with the World Exhibition Day. This is a sign for the entire congress and exhibition industry. Our industry is a driver of economic development, namely, what is now very important for the whole world.”