Demographic situation in St. Petersburg improving
On 28 March, Galina Kolosova, Vice-Chair of the St. Petersburg Social Policy Committee, announced at the opening of the Childhood Planet 2013 exhibition of goods and services for children and families that the demographic situation in St. Petersburg was changing for the better.
“In September 2012, the population of St. Petersburg reached five million, a number last recorded in 1988”, she said. Galina Kolosova further emphasised that the city’s policy included a large number of programmes targeted at increasing social support for families and children. “Our aim is to create the conditions that allow children to receive a good upbringing; this is particularly important for low-income families.”
Participants and visitors to the exhibition were also greeted at the opening ceremony by Irina Sokolova, Vice-Chair of the State Duma Committee for Families, Women, and Children. She noted that Childhood Planet, now in its twelfth year, had become a significant event for the people of St. Petersburg. Her words were echoed by Sergei Voronkov, Executive Director of ExpoForum, who went on to say that the exhibition had developed and expanded: it now not only offers a vast range of quality goods and services for children of all ages, but also provides a real holiday atmosphere for visitors.
Specialists in the social and medical fields, well-known academics, politicians, company leaders, and representatives of voluntary organisations met at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex to discuss the issues facing the older generation.
The foundations of a new model for the domestic food market were laid on 21Ц22 March at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex during the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress, which was attended by 904 delegates and 162 guests from 80 Russian regions.
Cutting-edge equipment and services used to address environmental protection tasks and ensure ecological safety were presented at an exposition covering more than 6,000 square metres as part of the XIII Ecology of the Big City international forum. The importance of the event in the industry was confirmed by the attendance of 2,500 specialists.
On 22 March the СAgrorus Ц RegionsТ national agricultural exhibition and the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress opened in St Petersburg.
The Russian International Energy Forum will serve as the venue for the signing of major industry contracts, boosting innovation in the energy sector.
The far-reaching educational and entertainment programme of the Childhood Planet exhibition will be augmented this year by new events aimed at developing creativity among children and teens.
The 2013 Energetika & Elektrotechnika exhibition will, for the first time, feature a number of international companies, including Kon?ar (Croatia), StarPower (Italy), Sahra Kablo (Turkey), Doha Cables (Qatar), and Pentair (Germany).