ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again bring together heads of state and governments, political leaders, CEOs and senior executives of major Russian and international companies, leading experts, media representatives as well as government delegations from key economies on June 18-20, 2015. The theme 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 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. New formats such as SPIEF DEBATE will be coupled with traditional panel discussions, briefings, TV debates, arena debates, seminars, round tables, business breakfasts, ‘Conversations with the Extraordinary’ – which taken together promise to create a rich and engaging platform for the exchange of ideas and insights on some of the most pressing issues confronting global economics and business.

The discussions will cover four main topics of the programme:

  • GLOBAL ECONOMY: NEW CHALLENGES AND SHIFTING HORIZONS 

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 and others.

  • RUSSIA: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIES  

This group of sessions features discussions and presentations dedicated to Russian industrial policy, structural reforms, regional development and continued steps to improve the Russian investment environment.

  • HUMAN CAPITAL AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT 

These sessions are dedicated to examining how talent can best be nurtured to meet the needs of changing societies, and how such changes can better correspond to the needs of business.

  • DISRUPTORS: TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES 

These sessions cover issues ranging from technology transfer, intellectual property and personal data protection to the development of efficient cyber security systems, and what spurs transformative innovations.

The SPIEF agenda is developed with input from leading business, economics and finance figures; representatives of professional business associations, media leaders and think tanks; and prominent government figures and experts the world over.

Detailed information: http://www.forumspb.com