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Economic Forum in St. Petersburg to focus on priorities of Russia’s presidency in G8

February 18, 2014, 21:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Priorities of Russia’s presidency in the Group of Eight will be in focus of a number of sessions of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum due to be held on May 22 through 24, according to the forum’s program announced on the official website of the 2014 Petersburg International Economic Forum on Tuesday.

The forum will be dedicated to issues of sustaining confidence in a world under transformation. Experts will analyze the state of the global economy and will discuss measures needed to ensure sustainable economic growth.

Bearing in mind the fact that this year’s forum will be held ahead of a Group of Eight summit in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the program of the forum features a number of sessions dedicated to the top priorities of Russia’s presidency in G8 under the common title “Spurring Growth while Mitigating Risks.” Panel meetings and briefings will focus on the analysis of the state of the global economy and establishing key risks, possibilities and problems to be solved. Among the topics for discussion will be prospects for global growth in the changing world, the development of technologies and their impacts on the global economy.

This year, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held on May 22-24, although it is traditionally held in June. Speaking at the previous such forum in 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested the forum be held at an earlier date in 2014, so that it could issue some recommendations for the Group of Eight leaders who would have a summit meeting in Russia’s Sochi on June 4-5.

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