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25 May 2018

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Opens

Russia’s biggest business event, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), opened on 24 May at ExpoForum Congress and Exhibition Centre. Proxy Centre operates SPIEF’s official cars used to provide transport services to the event’s speakers and participants. 

Mercedes-Benz is the official car of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. 400 luxury, executive, and business cars will service the SPIEF participants: 150 Mercedes-Benz S-class, 100 Mercedes-Benz E-class, 100 Mercedes-Benz V-class, and 50 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. 

Prior to being put into service at the Forum, the brand-new cars underwent special maintenance that included marking the vehicles with the Forum’s logo. Before the start of the Forum, Proxy Centre’s professionals meticulously inspected the cars to avoid breakdowns. During the Forum, such inspections will be performed regularly. 

Proxy Centre has carefully selected skilled drivers that meet the high criteria and demands of Russia's biggest economic forum. The company will handle the allocation of vehicles to the Forum’s participants and monitor compliance with driver shifts and the drivers’ daily physicals.  

“Building a Trust Economy” is the key theme of SPIEF 2018. The plenary session attended by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the Forum’s central event held on Friday, 25 May. 

This year, about 15,000 people from 70 countries are expected to attend the Forum. Members of Russia’s new government formed on 18 May will answer questions from the Russian and international business community.

SPIEF’s programme features over 90 events, including business sessions, panel discussions, business dialogues, thematic business breakfasts, TV debates, etc. Business programme events will be grouped into four principal thematic blocks: “The Global Economy in an Era of Change”, “Harnessing Russia’s Growth Potential”, “Human Capital in the Digital Economy”, and “Technology for Leadership”.