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Welcome word by A.N.Shokhin, RSPP President

Dear friends,

The challenges of global political and economic environment call for an increasingly dynamic dialogue between business community and government. We need plurilateral platforms for constructive discussion of the best way forward to promote sustainable economic growth and improve investment climate.

To reinforce the dialogue, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs holds its first Global CEO Summit – a meeting of the Russian and international business leaders, which will take place on May 22 within the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The CEOs of the companies from major economies will discuss key challenges to international trade, investment and infrastructure, financial regulation, social investment and employment; as well as systemic issues of improving business and investment climate in Russia.

Members of the Russian Government including Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation,  Andrei Belousov, Aide to the President, Anton  Siluanov, Minister of Finance, and Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Economic Development, are invited to the Summit to ensure business-government constructive engagement.

The Summit debate will conclude with a message from global business community on actions to overcome persistent challenges and new threats, restore confidence and ensure sustainable economic growth. The statement will be submitted to Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.

I invite all Russian and international leaders who are interested in the dialogue to take part in this event.

I am sure that the Summit will become a permanent platform for a constructive discussion of the most vital issues of international cooperation.

President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs