The Forum, Ecology of Big City, combines Government, Business, and Science
On the 9th of February at the St. Petersburg mediacentre RIA News was held a press conference dedicated to the XII International Forum, Ecology of Big City, which will take place in Lenexpo from the 20th to the 23rd of March, 2012.
Attending the press conference were the current Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, Sergey Kozyrev, the chairman of Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety of St. Petersburg, Dmitry Golubev, the executive director of ExpoForum JSC and general director of Lenexpo JSC, Sergey Voronkov, and the general director of Vodokanal of St. Petersburg, Felix Karmazinov. The event was attended by more than 30 media representatives, among which were leading TV channels and radio stations, St. Petersburg news agencies, and representatives of the press.
The forum is the second of this scale and theme among convention and exhibition projects in Russia. It is important that it is taking place in a city like St. Petersburg, the northern capital, as with its nearly two million cars, is well acquainted with a full range of environmental issues. However, today it boasts better statistics than many other European cities. In particular, as noted by Sergey Kozyrev, now in St Petersburg about 95% of water is cleared of effluents, while in Brussels, the political centre of the European Union, only 78%.
In Russia today, the ecological market is one of its most quickly developing. According to Sergey Voronkov, the volume of investment into ecological programs and activities, judging only by official statistics, is estimated to be at around 8 billion rubles per year, and with an annual growth rate of about 20%.
The development of ecologically-oriented business in Russia in recent years has been without proper coordination and support mechanisms. Now, it has become obvious that in order to achieve a balance between the interests of government and business, while also providing a favourable environment, it is necessary to create a flexible and effective mechanism of interaction between environmental and market structures. This is the main objective of Ecology of Big City.
In 2012, in the leading role in the forum are representatives of the environmental authorities on the issues of the Russian Federation, and who will articulate the needs of the state in the field of environmental protection. In turn, representatives of business structures are also able to present potential government customers with their technology and designs. "Thus, Ecology of Big City becomes a platform for addressing critical environmental issues, and even allows the possibility for young companies to successfully enter this market,” explained Sergey Voronkov.
The international forum, Ecology of Big City, includes the activities of the business program, among which Dmitry Golubev especially observed, "Were the actual issues of environmental protection in the cities of Russia”, and five thematic blocks of exhibition expositions where the latest developments of Russian and foreign companies will be presented. One of the key players has traditionally been Vodokanal of St. Petersburg, on whose stand will be demonstrated the unique aquatic-ecology projects of the city – explaining about the progress that has already been made, and the challenges that still lie ahead. According to Felix Karmazinov, precisely the Petersburg environment is of paramount importance, as our city is a recognised leader in addressing many eco-problems.
In addition, in a separate sector of the forum, Ecology of Big City, will be a presentation area where participants will have an opportunity to present their products. Experts and journalists will be able to take unique excursions of nature protection projects of St. Petersburg. The forum will be useful even for visitors far from the professional environmental community. On all working days in the territory of Lenexpo will be on-duty Ecomobil – a mobile disposal point for hazardous materials. Here, citizens can dispose of out-of-date fluorescent lamps, mercury thermometers, batteries, car batteries, and energy-saving lamps.
The churchmen of the Russian Orthodox Church and the administration of the Children’s City Hospital sent letters of appreciation to JSC ExpoForum for the beneficent assistance rendered by the company in the early 2012.
The Childhood Planet XI international exhibition will be opened on the 29th day of February in Lenexpo. The exhibition will represent the entire range of educational programs, goods and services for children from birth till full age. The exhibition complex will be transformed simultaneously into a huge colorful playground, supermarket with various goods and a forum of the leading children’s specialists for four days. The exhibition organiser is JSC ExpoForum
Representatives of St.Petersburg diplomatic corps and international companies have visited ExpoForum
On February 17, a meeting was held with participation of managment of ExpoForum JSC, representatives of diplomatic corps of Saint-Petersburg and commercial representative offices. This was the closing meeting for series of annual events for the company's partners held in business lunch format. This tradition was established in February of 2012.
On February 15, managing directors of ExpoForum JSC have held meeting with the city public authorities at Lenexpo, in order to discuss informally the future perspectives of development of convention and exhibition market in the city. The second event held for partners of ExpoForum JSC in business lunch format collected representatives of legislative and executive public authorities of St.Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, as well as heads of business associations and communities.
ExpoForum JSC starts a series of annual events for the company’s partners in business lunch format. For a few days in February, public authorities, representatives of business structures and various associations shall attend the meeting with the company’s management, in order to discuss trends in the convention and exhibition market and the strategy of its development. The meetings will take place at Lenexpo.
Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Elena Skrynnik signed a Decree on Fairs and Exhibitions held by Ministry of Agriculture of Russia in 2012. In compliance with the document dated February, 3, Ministry of Agriculture of Russia jointly with ExpoForum JSC acts as a co-organizer of the Fair "Agrorus”, as well as it provides support to three other exhibitions of the company: “Hipposphere”, “Zoosphere” and “Bioindustry”.
At the last assembly of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) which took place from the 1st to the 3rd of February in Istanbul, two exhibitions of ExpoForum JSÑ were assigned the status of “UFI Approved Event”. The recipients were the Baltic Marine Festival, and The Russian Industrialist.
At the end of January, as a part of the delegation of St. Petersburg, ExpoForum JSC visited the exhibition Christmas World 2012 in Frankfurt. As the result of the trip, well-known European companies were able to acquaint themselves with the principles of the holiday decoration of St. Petersburg, and expressed the wish to participate in the forum, Festive decoration and city advertising, which will be held at Lenexpo in April 2012.
On the 3rd of February at Lenexpo a business meeting was held, attended by the leaders of ExpoForum JSC, organisers of The Real Estate Fair, partners of the company, and members of the press. The main topic of discussion was the relocation of the largest Russian real estate exhibition to the Lenexpo exhibition complex, and the prospects of the project associated with this event.
On January 24th, the Ministry of science and education of the Russian Federation issued a decree on the organisation of work on information and exhibition activities in the year 2012. According to the order, the XII International Forum "Ecology of Big City", the organiser of which by the end of 2011 became ExpoForum JSC, is included in the list of priority activities that are supported by the Ministry.
From the 1st to the 3rd of February, 2012, in Istanbul passed the UFI Global CEO Forum - a forum of the world's largest companies in the convention and exhibition industry and representatives of government organs, all coordinating convention and exhibition activities in different countries of the world. Broad support for the event was rendered by ExpoForum JSC.
Development of international projects and the attraction of the convention and exhibition market of St. Petersburg to major international organisers is one of the priority directions in the activities of ExpoForum JSC. In January 2012, there have been several events that not only were the impetus for cooperation between companies and countries of Asia, but also in the future could play an important role in fostering cultural and business ties between states.