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ST. PETERSBURG, May 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Sixty-two states have so far confirmed participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2014), Governor Georgy Poltavchenko told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
Participation has also been confirmed by senior executives of 146 major global and 450 Russian leading companies, as well as 109 official delegates of 62 countries. Seventy percent of the confirmed participants were from Europe and the US, despite the media flurry, he added.
By the end of last week, a total of 6,500 people, including 1,500 journalists, had confirmed they would come to the forum.
SPIEF would remain the chief platform for business contacts with Russian and foreign partners, Poltavchenko said.
SPIEF-2014 will take place during May 22 - 24. The forum comprised of roundtables, investment presentations and business meetings will gather presidents, prime ministers and parliamentary speakers, proxies of international organizations, entrepreneurs, academics and public figures.
St. Petersburg is planning to have 15 framework agreements worth 130 billion rubles ($3.7 billion) signed this year. The last-year forum resulted in 16 cooperation agreements and memoranda, thus attracting investments of 130 billion rubles against the expected 100 billion rubles ($2.88 billion).