What we expect from St Petersburg

Alexander Vinogradov
president of Golden Telecom

"The forum is a good floor for discussing Russian and the world economic problems. Golden Telecom, part of the VimpelCom group, is a leading mobile network operator in Russia and the CIS. Last year it accelerated the development of communications infrastructure in Russia. We will attend above all to analyse main trends and specific features of current development, and to demonstrate and discuss telecom solutions and projects designed to satisfy market requirements. We hope this will fuel further development in Russia's economy and business."

Anton Artemyev
president of Baltika Breweries

"The goal is to discuss and seek effective forms of economic management to improve quality of life... to analyse global economic trends and examples of Russia's economic cooperation with former Soviet countries in order to make practical decisions on a national and international level. Baltika Breweries wants to maintain equal relations between CIS countries and to protect its interests as a producer in the CIS and other countries. Improving the competitiveness of Russian goods abroad is the only way to ensure a higher quality of life for Russians."

Alexei Fedorov
chairman of the board of the United Aircraft Corporation

"The 12th International Economic Forum in St Petersburg will discuss many issues which are important for Russia's development. This event attracts more and more participants with every passing year. It can determine future trends of development in various sectors of the Russian economy. We signed a number of major agreements at the 2007 forum. This year we also hope to meet with our partners and, perhaps, add new ones to their number."

Ilia Yurov
chairman of the board of the Trust Bank Holding

"We hope to meet old and new business partners, exchange opinions and develop new ties. We expect the business part of the forum to yield practical results, notably new projects, profitable deals, and a chance to discuss their implementation and our involvement in them. In addition, we hope to get more information about the development outlook for the country and individual sectors. We must know what will happen in the financial sector, whether the declared reforms will be carried out, and whether election promises will be kept and if so, in what form."

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