The participants of the International Economic Forum (SPIEF) are under serious external pressure. This was stated by the governor of the city Alexander Beglov.
Despite this, according to him, interest in the event and in St. Petersburg as a platform for investors is growing. The jubilee XXV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held from 15 to 18 June.
“Of course, the colossal external pressure that is being exerted on many countries and companies is making its own adjustments. We know about this first-hand, ”RIA Novosti quotes Beglov.
“The director of a food company from a northern country in his homeland was told: “Either you leave Russia, or you will lose a lot more houses.” And they thought that they had freedom of speech and entrepreneurship, and believed that business was out of politics,” said Beglov.
He stressed that external pressure has increased after reports were published in March that 69 countries were interested in becoming SPIEF participants.
“In mid-May, representatives from 90 countries of the world confirmed their participation in SPIEF. By the beginning of June, this number had grown to 115, now more than 140 countries and territories are represented. Only 2,700 people have applied for the business site,” the governor said.