The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2017) was opened in St. Petersburg. It is a key business event in Russia, which is held under the patronage of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Top public officials, members of the Russian government, regional heads, the largest Russian and global companies, and public and political figures all take part in the event. The delegation of the RISE Capital Investment Group is headed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerard Lopez.
The business programme of the forum includes about 100 panel sessions with more than 500 speakers. This year, special attention is being paid to key topics related to the analysis of the main trends of the global economy and the Russian business agenda. The participants of SPIEF include UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Austrian Federal Chancellor Christian Kern, and Moldovan President Igor Dodon.
On June 1, as part of the discussion “Infrastructure development: the role of multilateral financial institutions”, Gerard Lopez spoke about the role of development banks, about the approach taken by RISE Capital to structuring projects in Russia and working with legal, investment and political risks. Robin Phillips (HSBC Bank), Dmitry Pankin (Eurasian Development Bank), Nikolay Tsekhomsky (Vnesheconombank), Jorg Gasser (Federal Department of Finance of Switzerland) and Tomas Telma (IFC) also took part in the session.
On June 2, Vnesheconombank will organise a panel discussion on “Blockchain – the birth of a new economy”. At the session, Gerard Lopez will talk about his experience in investing in blockchain technology and share his expectations for the growth of this market.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is held at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre. Its work is covered by more than 2,500 representatives of leading Russian and foreign media.