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WEF opens dialogue of partnership at Russia CEO Roundtable

Jun '07
Over 150 international CEOs from the World Economic Forum member companies met for an off the record discussion with Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation at the exclusive World Economic Forum Russia CEO Roundtable which was held in partnership with the XIth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The discussions with President Putin were “unusually open” said one of the participants. Many were impressed by the President's comprehensive knowledge of economic issues and his clear vision on Russia's economic development needs. The CEOs also saluted the “freshness” and “openness” of the discussions during the two private sessions held with top Russian cabinet members including both First Deputy Prime Ministers Sergei Ivanov and Dmitry Medvedev, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Herman Gref and Minister of Finance Aleksey Kudrin.

At the plenary session entitled “Competitive Eurasia – Space for Trust”, which among others included President Putin, First Deputy Prime Minister Medvedev, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Director–General of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, the President of the EBRD Jean Lemierre and EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, Klaus Schwab noted that “the meeting had created a much better understanding of Russia and had helped to create a framework for dialogue and cooperation.”

President Putin emphasized Russia's interest in “sustainable development based on trust”. The World Economic Forum has brought to St Petersburg 150 top global CEOs to discuss Russia's ever important role in a globalized world. Reflecting on the collaboration between The World Economic Forum and St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Klaus Schwab said “We are like two brothers”.

The World Economic Forum has been engaged in Russia since 1991 and has held regional meetings at regular intervals in Moscow ever since. President Vladimir Putin personally took part in the World Economic Forum in Russia in 2001 and 2003 and First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led a record 50 member delegation to the last Annual Meeting in Davos, which included Minister of Economic Development and Trade Herman Gref and Valentina Matvienko, Governor of St. Petersburg.

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