OREANDA-NEWS  Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the problems of international trade and the financial system at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), assess the situation in the Russian economy and its functioning in the conditions of its own, the Kremlin reported.

The central event of the forum will traditionally be a plenary session, which will be held on June 7 at 2 p.m., where, in addition to Putin, Bolivian President Luis Arce and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will speak.

"In his speech, our president will share his vision of the current situation in the global economy and politics, give assessments on the problems currently experienced by the international trade and financial system, then, of course, outline the situation in the Russian economy, assess its functioning in the conditions of its own, talk about structural changes, and a long-term development strategy countries, etc.," Russian Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters at a briefing in Moscow.

In addition, the head of state will focus on national industrial and technological projects, the problems of private business, and issues of stimulating scientific and technological progress.

"Naturally, during the answers to the questions, the president, as always, I think, will answer numerous questions on international issues, including those related to the Ukrainian crisis," Ushakov said.

As part of the forum, according to tradition, the President will hold a meeting with the heads of international news agencies, which will be held on June 5.

After the plenary session on June 7, Putin will meet with representatives of the All-Russian public organization "Business Women".

"The slogan of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum this year is: "The foundation of a multipolar world is the formation of new growth points." The forum's events are grouped into four main thematic blocks: "Transition to a multipolar model of the world economy", "The Russian economy: goals and objectives of a new cycle", "Technologies providing leadership", "Healthy society, traditional values and social development are the priorities of the state," said the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.

The official opening ceremony of the forum will take place on June 6, and the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, the Vice Premier of Vietnam, the Vice President of El Salvador, and the President of the New BRICS Development Bank are expected to attend.

The program of the forum provides for almost 400 business events, including panel discussions, thematic round tables, business breakfasts and TV debates. "There will be 12 business dialogues with representatives of various countries, including Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, African countries, Brazil, Venezuela, India, Kazakhstan, China, etc.," Ushakov said.

This year, a large Russian and international audience will gather at the forum site, and representatives from 136 countries have been confirmed to participate so far.

The honorary status of the guest country, the presidential aide noted, belongs to the Sultanate of Oman this year, a representative delegation of this state is expected, which will be headed by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Attraction Qais Al-Youssef. "The slogan of Oman's participation in the forum is "Exploring the possibilities of the Russian market to promote cooperation in areas free from the influence of anti-Russian sanctions." There will be many events with members of the (Oman - IF) delegations, in fact, that's why he has a special status," Ushakov said.

In total, statesmen and politicians from more than 45 countries will come to St. Petersburg. "Among them are the President of Bolivia, the President of Zimbabwe, the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, the President of Republika Srpska, the President of Abkhazia, the chairman of the Government of the Republic of South Ossetia, in addition to numerous ministers, parliamentarians, governors, etc.," the Kremlin representative said.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will also be attended by representatives of the leadership of international organizations and associations - the CIS, CSTO, EEC, OPEC, BSEC, LAES, the BRICS NBR, the African Diamond Producers Association and the African Union.