ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM 2012
The 16th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, from June 21-23, will see representatives of the world political and business elite collectively pondering thorny global economic issues.
Each year more than 2,500 business leaders, leading scientists, public figures and members of the media from all over the world meet to debate fiscal problems. These have recently become particularly acute as the vicious circle affecting indebted eurozone countries expands.
This time the forum will be dedicated to the role of developing countries in determining regional and global policies as the role of emerging economies, and BRICS in particular, in tackling the global crisis increases.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the forum’s plenary session. With Russia lusting to see Moscow emerge as an important international financial center, the annual gathering in the so-called “northern capital” has become a traditional global think-tank, enabling the international community and the media to get first hand information.
RT is there, adding a TV debate to the forum's heated discussions and bringing you hour-by-hour updates, along with first-hand comments and analysis by forum participants.
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ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
European crossroads: Post-crisis scenarios
The European monetary crisis is straining the continent’s economic and political fabric, while risking
further disruptions to the global economy. What steps should be taken to shore up confidence in the
Euro and the European project at large?
Peter Lavelle, Anchor of CrossTalk and On The Money, Russia Today
Erik Berglöf, Chief Economist, Special Adviser to the President, European Bank for Reconstruction
Dariusz Jacek Krawiec, President, Chief Executive Officer, PKN Orlen SA
Jacob Nell, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Russia
Dmitry Pankin, Head, Federal Service for Financial Markets
Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange
Ksenia Yudaeva, Director, Center for Macroeconomic Studies, Sberbank
Front row participants:
Ben Aris, Editor, publisher, Business New Europe
Max Keiser, TV presenter, journalist, Russia Today
Skolkovo: Fast track to Russian R&D talent and innovation
Skolkovo is two years old and it is time see what has been achieved. Out of thousands of start-up and
growth-phase companies in the pipeline, Skolkovo is celebrating its 500th resident company. But the
hard work of creating the next phase of development has only now begun. How will Skolkovo expand
to benefit mid-size and large companies as well as accelerate the growth of globally relevant
Geopolitical challenges of the 21st century
Sergei Brilev, Anchor and Deputy Director, Rossiya TV Channel (RTR)
Henry Kissinger, American statesman, diplomat, international relations expert, Nobel Prize winner
Yevgeny Primakov, Diplomat and international relations expert, Academician of the Russian
Academy of Sciences
Digital us – how the Internet is transforming modern culture
In cooperation with TELE2 Russia
With exponential growth in the transfer speed and volume of digitally stored and shared information,
the Internet provides us with unprecedented access to cultural content and historical heritage. How
does the increase in information available on the Internet provide for the realization of creative
potential and opportunities for learning as well as present new dilemmas and challenges?
Liam Halligan, Chief Economist, Prosperity Capital Management; Columnist, The Telegraph
Steve Crossan, Head, Google Cultural Institute
Mats Granryd, President, Chief Executive Officer, Tele2
Dr. Susan Hazan, Curator, The Israel Museum
Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
Oleg Novikov, General Director, Eksmo
Manuel L. Quezon III, Undersecretary, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic
Planning Office (PCDSPO)
Olof van Winden, General Director, Netherlands Media Arts Institute; General Director, TodaysArt
Dr. Mike Yao, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, City University
of Hong Kong
Front row participants:
Vladimir Chopov, First Deputy General Direcor, TNT-TV
Igor Drozdov, Vice-President, Chief Legal Counsel, Skolkovo
Dmitry Konnov, Managing Director, Universal Music Russia
Sofya Trotsenko, Head, Center for Contemporary Art, WINZAVOD