The XV International Economic Forum brought nearly 100 billion rubles to St. Petersburg
The city signed over 10 agreements with a total investment of more than 97 billion rubles. They will be invested in St. PetersburgТs economy in the coming years. Governor Valentina Matvienko reported this at the XV International Economic Forum, when summing up its results.
The governor noted that the city will continue to develop its pharmaceutical cluster. Nine companies have already begun to implement projects in St. Petersburg, including Novartis which laid the first stone on its future production centre during the Forum’s first day. Another five companies signed agreements during the Forum. "Almost all these corporations are going to open research centres to develop new products that will use our vast scientific and human potential," said the governor. ``Thus, we are laying the foundation for the future of innovation in Petersburg.''
Governor Matvienko also emphasized that St. Petersburg was the first city involved in the implementation of the federal program, "Pharma 2020".
"The city approved the concept of industry development, and we presented a number of reasons to the global pharmaceutical industry why Petersburg has advantages in this sector. Today, we see the result of this work," said the governor.
Agreements were also made in another important industrial sector -- shipbuilding --- for the construction of a new shipyard on Kotlin island. A number of companies will participate in educational projects, such as the training of specialists for the pharmaceutical sector, medicine, and the IT industry. Most new projects will be implemented on the basis of public-private partnership.
"These significant results are due to our team’s hard work,’’ said the governor. "A great amount of work has been done. Much money has been spent, but the impact will be even greater. "
At a June 28 meeting, the St. Petersburg City Government approved plans to develop the city's underground transport system, including extending it to reach the Pulkovo airport. This will help resolve transportation issues for the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre that opens in 2013 near the airport.
ExpoForum was accepted into the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) during a meeting of its Executive Board last week in Ghent.
In Bangkok and Beijing from June 12 to 18 ExpoForum representatives held a series of meetings devoted to generating business in Asia.
ExpoForum representatives took part in the Caixin summit in St. Petersburg, organized by the Chinese media holding of the same name.
On June 20 ExpoForum representatives participated in a roundtable titled, "Investing in infrastructure for convention tourism,ТТ that was organised by the newspaper, Construction Weekly.
Today, the design project for ExpoForumТs international convention and exhibition centre was sent to the State Expertise Centre. If a positive conclusion is given within 90 days then the company can obtain a permit, and begin construction.
On June 9, ExpoForum organized a business tour at the construction site of the international congress and exhibition centre. The tour was for participants of the conference, ``Managing a city as part of the state's innovation strategy,ТТ that was held in St. Petersburg on June 8-10.
On June 7, 2011 the city government adopted a programme to develop St. Petersburg as a tourist centre during the period of 2011-2016. The programme aims to improve tourismТs effectiveness as a part of the urban economy, to develop new tourism activities, and also to improve St. PetersburgТs attractiveness as a major international tourist destination.
From May 31 to June 3 at the Lenexpo exhibition centre the first Petersburg natural gas forum was held with the support of Gazprom. The event coincided with the 200-year celebrations of Russia's natural gas industry, and it attracted the attention of a large number of specialists. Several thousand people from Russia, the CIS, and Europe attended the event. Among them were the CEOs of gas distribution companies, private investors, public authorities, as well as representatives from the sciences.
On June 1 the Committee for exhibition and fairs of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting. The main topic was the need for new laws to regulate the exhibition industry; without them the industry will not grow in 2012, or it might even slide back to the level of several years ago.