Every year politicians and businessmen get together at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to discuss new trends in business. This year 17,000 people from 143 countries took part in the forum which was held on May 24-26. A significant share of the SPIEF-2018 business programme was devoted to global digitalization and that of Russia in particular. The tone of the forum was set by Russian President Vladimir Putin at last year’s event. As he outlined at the plenary session, "The digital economy is not a separate industry, in fact, it is the basis on which qualitatively new business models can be created... and, therefore, sets a new paradigm for the country’s development, the economy and society as a whole."
More than 100 events at the forum were dedicated to creation of digital infrastructure and use of breakthrough technologies, amongst which were “Digital Agenda as a Factor for Enhancing Competitiveness of a Unified Energy System”, “Digital Reality of the Nuclear Industry”, “Trust Expert: How to Create a Secure Global Digital Infrastructure”, “Digital Future of Finance: the Struggle of Ecosystems”, “Digital Economy and Education”.
ITPS was represented at the Forum by the company’s CEO Leonid Tikhomirov, who participated in plenary sessions, round tables and key events in the SPIEF business programme. "The forum is an excellent platform for establishing business agreements and gauging where things stand from an economic perspective. We definitely feel there has been an increase in the number of partners for whom the introduction of IT is becoming an integral part of business processes aimed at improving overall performance. Companies set ambitious goals, especially companies with their finger on the pulse who understand the need to invest in digital solutions at their production facilities, "commented Leonid Tikhomirov.
The organizing committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum announced a record number of agreements concluded at the forum. A total of 550 contracts were signed amounting to a total of 2.365 trillion rubles. This year the majority of contracts were signed in the field of IT-technologies.