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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Putin’s meeting with Elon Musk felt “almost done deal”

Saint Petersburg was transformed in anticipation of the distinguished guests and influential people attending the international economic forum. The three-day Symposium of business and government presidential format promises to be massive in every sense: as the spectrum of the discussed problems and the scope of the meeting. Today, when the country seems to have overcome the crisis and stayed at an economic crossroads, from the President and Ministers are waiting for decisions and actions, voiced at the St. Petersburg international economic forum.

photo: kremlin.ru

The topic is expected in 2017, but so far unattainable economic growth and recovery of incomes of the population – probably will be a red thread through all sessions. And although the motto of SPIEF sounds like always sormusten – “the New balance in the global economy” – most likely, the forum will focus on issues specific and urgent.

Based on preliminary conversations with the delivering participants, their main attention will be riveted to the panel sessions, which act as managers of financial-economic block of the government. On the first day of the main program to draw the outlines of the economic future of Russia, Minister of economic development Maxim Oreshkin, the Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina. After their revelations, the focus will be two bright antagonist in Vladimir Putin’s environment: its economic development strategy to 2035 will present Boris Titov and Alexei Kudrin. The business Ombudsman in spring presented the program of the Stolypin club, and former Minister of Finance until the end kept the intrigue.

However, President of the economic strategy was initiated into their plans: the day before they met with Putin in the Kremlin to discuss their developed documents. However, here on the forum, among businessmen and economists, few believe that these strategies will be adopted. One does not see in them nothing but populism, others believe that the President is already established image of economic reforms, others suggest that the authorities simply will not be so long to make, solving problems as they arrive.

Discuss in the forum and tax policy, especially that recently the Ministry of Finance throws ideas on the reform of the fiscal system. Among them is conceived by the office of tax maneuver “22/22”, changing the load on insurance premiums. No cost and without the oil industry: prospects for the hydrocarbon industry, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak will discuss with his counterpart from Saudi Arabia and the OPEC Secretary General. It is not excluded that will be discussed about the reduction of oil production, which became the leitmotif of the whole of last year amid falling prices for raw materials.

President Vladimir Putin, who will arrive at the forum on June 2, more than a full schedule: he will hold talks with Prime Minister of India, Chancellor of Austria, UN Secretary-General, which in addition to the economic agenda to discuss geopolitical issues, terrorism and everything that will fit. By the way, the invitation to the forum received and the President of the United States Donald trump, but his arrival is in doubt even Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. But the tramp was not joking…

But almost certainly there will be a meeting of Putin with a notorious philanthropist, inventor and billionaire Elon Musk, who intends to interest Putin the latest trends in the development of world science and technology.

Clearly, will monitor the performance of the Russian President at the plenary session of SPIEF, after which he will meet with foreign investors. And for the pleasure to listen to the Russian President live the arrived businessmen had “to pay separately”. In General, rates of participation are striking: the price of a regular “ticket” which includes admission to all panel sessions, except for the presidency, is 295 thousand rubles, and the premium pass or what is called “access” 354 thousand rubles. By the way, this year the organizers have prepared for “paid” guests are a nice bonus: for the first time on the badges of the participants will be free to enter the museums of St. Petersburg and the region.

They say, among the participants, a lot of Americans who allegedly broke through the political blockade, which they repaired by local authorities, and came to Peter. Among them, probably the most famous and surprise guest – actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who was invited to the forum…the Ministry of natural resources as an Ambassador for the world wildlife Fund.

The famous winner of the “Oscar”, which has Russian roots and for a long time dreaming to visit the historic homeland, obviously, will set the level of the informal forum. As usual, the oligarchs and business people come here every June not only to work but also to relax. In the old days, the scope of the parties was phenomenal: the participants of the forum, for example, shooting the cruiser “Aurora” for the karaoke party. When the crisis struck, businessmen to restrain their ardor. So this year entertainment program for them, modest, but with a twist: you can go to Ivan Urgant, and you can listen to Valery Gergiev in Tsarskoye Selo.


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