About the Forum

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event.

Over the last 24 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

The 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is set to take place on 15–18 June 2022. As in previous years, the business programme will focus on the global and Russian economies, social issues, and technological development.

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The Forum will be held in strict accordance with health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, carefully drawn up by the Organizing Committee in line with the WHO recommendations. SPIEF 2022 will provide a full range of services to enable participants to effectively nurture and expand their business network and enjoy safe, productive participation, including in an enriching cultural and sporting programme.

For 2022, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is offering a single participation package.

Please be aware that attendance at the SPIEF 2022 plenary session is not included in the participation package and is by special invitation only.


  • entry to all business and cultural programme events at the Forum (excluding the plenary session and invitation-only events);
  • access to networking areas at the Forum venue (excluding locations for invitation-only events);
  • information support.


USD 13,812 (inclusive of 20% VAT)

EUR 11,904 (inclusive of 20% VAT)


The list of hotels for Forum participants can be found in the Reservation Service section.


Information about how you can get to St. Petersburg is available in the Getting to St. Petersburg section.

Getting to St. Petersburg

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation

“Such major events and forums truly unite and bring people from different countries closer. The ability to meet in person and work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust is, in many respects, what is key to pushing business projects and initiatives forward, and with it, the global economy.

Russia will facilitate these meetings to the greatest extent possible, and similarly facilitate the sharing of experience and the demonstration of groundbreaking accomplishments in science and technology.”

SPIEF 2021 plenary session

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar

“[Today’s unprecedented challenges] only serve to increase the importance of the Forum, which has become a key international economic event. It also serves as an example for the international community with regard to advancing initiatives capable of fostering an environment conducive to regional and global economic growth, increased investment, and developing effecting solutions to shared economic issues.”

SPIEF 2021 plenary session

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

“The St. Petersburg Forum is a kind of geopolitical and geo-economic sounding board for the whole of Eurasia, a strategically important region which is constantly developing and finds itself at the epicentre of major transformations in today’s world.”

SPIEF 2021 plenary session

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

“First, I would like to thank President Putin for giving me the opportunity to attend such an important Forum in St. Petersburg. President Putin’s hometown is a very beautiful place, and its people are very hospitable.”

SPIEF 2017 plenary session

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

“Since its inception in 1997, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has continued to develop and strengthen, growing to become a unique platform facilitating a broad range of discussions in the interests of cooperation. This year’s forum in St. Petersburg is being held under the theme ‘Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda’, which addresses the concerns of the international community and is of great importance.”

SPIEF 2019 plenary session

Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chairperson of the African Union in 2021

“First of all, I would like to thank the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, for involving Africa through the Democratic Republic of Congo in this most important forum, aimed at promoting dialogue on global economic challenges. […] The world we live in is increasingly becoming akin to a unified global village. For the last 16 months, humanity has been united in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. This experience shows that we can only move forward through combined efforts. Humanity is expecting joint efforts from world leaders in the fight against political, socio-economic and public health challenges.”

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN)

“St. Petersburg has witnessed many of the seminal events of the 20th century. And today, the St. Petersburg Forum espouses a 21st century truth – that global challenges require global solutions. No one country or organization can succeed alone. We need political leaders, scientists, philanthropists, and civil society to come together to tackle common threats and pursue shared objectives.”

SPIEF 2019 plenary session

One of the biggest and most important business events in the world

Over the past 25 years, the Forum has cemented its status as a leading international event focusing on key issues on the global economic agenda. It provides a platform for participants to exchange best practices and expertise in the interests of sustainable development. For quarter of a century, the Forum has welcomed a host of global leaders, including heads of state and government, and senior figures from international organizations and major companies.

A comprehensive range of features and subjects covered at the Forum

The business programme of the Forum regularly encompasses more than 150 events.

Key topics:

  • Economic collaboration across various industries
  • Energy
  • Drug security
  • Food security
  • Support for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Regional cooperation
  • The environment
  • Education
  • Science and technology
  • Social policy
  • Priority objectives in the Arctic

For an overview on the previous edition of the Forum, please view the SPIEF 2021 business programme video archive and the Roscongress photo bank.

SPIEF hosts a range of thematic business events:

  • The Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum
  • The Drug Security Forum
  • The Creative Business Forum
  • The Youth Economic Forum
  • The SPIEF Junior Forum

It is not necessary to be a SPIEF participant to attend these events.

Thematic areas at the Forum venue: places for experts and investors to convene and discuss matters concerning key areas of development

Science and technology

The Innovation Space provides a platform for representatives of innovative and high-tech companies to meet, and for presentations to be given by tech startups. The aim of the project is to support young scientists, inventors, and developers. It enables them to showcase their work across digital and information technologies, robotics, energy, agriculture, and finance, and to become part of the Roscongress Foundation’s expert community.


The Healthy Life Area is both a focal point and primary discussion platform for leading figures from the medical and scientific communities. Key players in the healthcare sector have the ability to present groundbreaking technological and innovative projects.

The wine industry

VinoGrad is an exclusive area by the Roscongress Foundation dedicated to the wine industry. Throughout SPIEF 2022, the VinoGrad area will host presentations and open discussions with industry experts, pitch sessions, and debates as part of its very own business programme.

The area will also incorporate a tasting zone and lounge.


Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Area

New opportunities in the Arctic, thematic stands, breakthrough ideas and accomplishments will be showcased at the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue area. The programme will include presentations, pitch sessions and roundtables dedicated to the sustainable development of the Arctic.

A place to engage in dialogue and to forge and develop business ties

The Forum is organized by the Roscongress Foundation, which has built partnerships across a range of areas with 166 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 76 countries worldwide. In addition, it works closely with 154 non-profit organizations, federal government bodies, lawmakers, and regional governments across Russia.

Roscongress Club: an exclusive club for members of the intellectual, business, and political elite offering a VIP service to Roscongress Club card holders

Club members include thought leaders from Russia and around the world. The club also brings together a broad community of business and government representatives. Together, this makes the Roscongress Club of strategic interest to all figures wishing to help shape the political and economic landscapes of Russia and the world.

Networking areas: spaces open to all participants and run by Forum partners, business representatives, non-profit organizations, ministries, government agencies, and representatives of the Russian regions

Exhibition stands and thematic areas are spread across the Congress Centre, three pavilions, and the Passage. Together, they host presentations of high-potential projects across Russia and around the world, B2B solutions, and various technologies. More than 165 organizations participated in SPIEF 2021 as partners.

A place for senior executives from around the world to meet, and a platform facilitating communication between the Russian public and private sectors

Participants have the opportunity to share best business practices and expertise in a changing world. In addition, the event enables the business community to share its perspective on benefits, challenges, and priorities related to economic growth.

A space for interregional dialogue and bilateral meetings

Each year, SPIEF hosts a range of country- and region-specific business dialogues, with the role of the SCO, BRICS, EAEU, ASEAN, and OPEC also coming under focus. The aim is to help forge mutually beneficial partnerships between nations, regional alliances, and industry organizations.

St. Petersburg Seasons: a festival of culture offering a relaxed atmosphere for informal dialogue

St. Petersburg Seasons is a festival of culture incorporating dozens of varied events, including St. Petersburg’s best theatre productions, a wide-ranging musical programme, and sightseeing tours.

A varied sports programme, offering an additional opportunity to talk with partners in an informal setting

SPIEF participants have the chance to compete in basketball and football gala matches, as well as golf, chess, tennis, squash, and skeet shooting tournaments.

SPIEF 2021 was the first business event of such magnitude to be held offline since the unavoidable break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum closely resembled previous editions of the event, with a range of cutting-edge digital technologies employed. Among those to attend were President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin; a host of global leaders; senior executives from major Russian and international companies and banks; and prominent scientists, journalists, and members of the business community.


The Forum was held under the theme A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality, and addressed the clear need to return to face-to-face discussions in an attempt to turn innovative ideas into tangible breakthroughs across the globe. Indeed, the business programme alone included more than 190 events, with more than 80 events organized at special thematic areas.

The Forum’s main event was the plenary session, which took place on 4 June and featured President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Joining the session via video link were specially invited guests Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria. Also welcoming participants were Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina, and Jair Messias Bolsonaro, President of Brazil.

The Forum featured talks and appearances by more than 1,300 Russian and international speakers, moderators, and politicians over the course of four days. Together, they were able to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with participants.

Discussions at the Forum centred around four thematic pillars, with each one dedicated to particular aspects concerning the Russian and global economy, the social sphere, and the tech agenda. These were entitled “Joining Forces to Advance Development”, “Delivering on National Development Targets”, “The Human Factor in Responding to Global Challenges”, and “New Technology Frontiers”.

A range of business dialogues between Russia and other countries/regions were also held, and as in previous years garnered particular interest. Eleven such events took place at SPIEF 2021, including Russia–Qatar, Russia–France, Russia–Africa, Russia–Italy, Russia–Latin America, Russia–Germany, Russia–North America, Russia–Finland, Russia–Sweden, Russia–Japan, and Russia–ASEAN.

Another event to take place at SPIEF was the 6th Russian Small and Medium sized Enterprises Forum, which focused on measures to support businesses.

The International Youth Economic Forum was one of the highlights of the closing day of SPIEF. Young entrepreneurs, students, and leaders from non-profit organizations gathered to talk to renowned international experts about today’s biggest economic and political issues.

This year’s SPIEF hosted the inaugural edition of the Drug Security Forum, the Creative Business Forum, and SPIEF Junior, which was attended by 200 school pupils from across Russia, together with their peers from Qatar – the guest country of the Forum.


The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum welcomed officials, leading figures in politics and society, and business representatives from 141 countries across the globe. Forty-three foreign ministers and 84 heads of diplomatic corps from 93 countries also took part in the Forum.


Many of the events on the SPIEF cultural programme took place as part of the St. Petersburg Seasons Festival, which hosted more than 30 events across a range of themes.

The central event of the St. Petersburg Seasons Festival was a tribute concert for medics and volunteers, which took place on 3 June on Palace Square, and which was enjoyed by locals, visitors, and participants alike. The concert featured performances by Diana Arbenina of Russian pop group Night Snipers and the Teatro Petruzzelli Symphony Orchestra (Bari, Italy).


A range of events across 12 sporting disciplines were held under the sports and entertainment programme. SPIEF participants competed in basketball and football gala matches, as well as golf, chess, tennis, squash, and skeet shooting.


The SPIEF Investment & Business Expo was another feature of this year’s Forum. In total, 48 organizations and Russian regions took part as exhibitors, showcasing their investment potential, current projects, latest technologies, products, and solutions.


An unprecedented set of sanitary and epidemiological requirements were in place for this year’s Forum.

All participants were required to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19 in order for their accreditation badge to be activated. Only then were they able to access the venue. To enter the Forum venue, participants had to pass through checkpoints where they had their temperature measured with thermographic cameras and hand thermometers. Strict checks were also in place to ensure that people used personal protective equipment.

Indeed, one of the main outcomes of the Forum was that a set of safety standards had been drawn up for holding major events all over the world during the pandemic. These standards were developed by the Roscongress Foundation in cooperation with Rospotrebnadzor and the World Health Organization.

More information is available in the SPIEF 2021: Key Outcomes section.

Legal entities and individuals registered in the Russian Federation or abroad who have contributed to the organization and preparation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum are eligible to become SPIEF partners. This contribution may take the form of material, financial, technical, or other support, by agreement with the Forum organizers and in accordance with the terms of a signed agreement.

Being a partner provides unparalleled business promotion opportunities at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, please send an email to partners@roscongress.org or fill in an application form in the Become a partner section of our website. 

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will host the SPIEF Investment & Business Expo – a unique space for creating constructive dialogue, seeking solutions, joining forces, and sharing experience among Forum participants.

The exhibition will run throughout the Forum, and will be open to all participants.

For more detailed information on the SPIEF Expo, see the Exhibition section of the website.

Each year, a series of major regional events, business forums, and meetings between members of the business community is held as part of efforts to promote the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The Roscongress Foundation holds a series of events in Russia and abroad, including Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth (a joint project with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives), and SPIEF off-site sessions aimed at supporting continuous cooperation between Russian and foreign officials, and the business and scientific communities. 

For more detailed information about SPIEF off-site events, see the SPIEF Events section.

The Roscongress Information and Analytical System is a unique Roscongress Foundation knowledge base.

The Roscongress Information and Analytical System takes best practices from global development institutions and combines them with Russian information analysis tools to provide quick and easy access to all resources related to major business events in Russia that are organized by the Roscongress Foundation.

Features of the interactive knowledge base:

  • Descriptions of more than 2000 sessions across 271 topics covering global and national development

  • Talks, interviews, and insights from more than 8,500 speakers

  • Research studies, articles, analytical digests, and expert opinions


Given the ever-evolving situation regarding the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), we would like to remind you that we are working hard to ensure that our events are as safe as possible for participants.

All Roscongress Foundation events shall be held in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Rospotrebnadzor.

In particular, the following measures shall be in place at Roscongress event venues:

— all participants must take a PCR test for their badge to be activated;

— all information on antibody presence and vaccinations will be compiled by our services;

— transport will be regularly treated with special disinfectant solutions;

— each venue will be equipped with contactless temperature monitoring scanners;

— the air at the premises will undergo regular disinfection, and all premises will be fully disinfected the day before the start of the event (during which time access to the site will not be permitted).

Additional information on COVID-19 safety measures and PCR testing will be published on the website nearer the time. Please check the Forum site for updates and newsletters.

Take care and stay safe!

Since 2016 the main events of SPIEF take place at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ExpoForum is a modern convention and exhibition centre that meets the standards of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).

For more information on the Forum venue, see the Forum venue section of our website. For detailed information about the geography, history, and key landmarks of St. Petersburg, see the About St. Petersburg section of our website.