H.H. the Amir participated in the main session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2021), which took place at noon today in St. Petersburg in Russia with the participation of His Excellency (H.E.) President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, H.E. President of the Argentine Republic Alberto Fernandez, H.E. President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, and H.E. the Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz.
H.H. the Amir delivered the following speech via video conference:
"In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.
"Your Excellency President Vladimir Putin, Your Excellency Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Ladies and Gentlemen,
"At the outset, it gives me pleasure to extend many thanks to His Excellency President Vladimir Putin for his kind invitation to us to participate in this Forum held in this ancient city known for producing culture, literature and art and resisting occupation - and for choosing the State of Qatar as the guest State at the Forum. "This Forum is being held against the backdrop of great economic conditions and challenges at the local, regional and international levels, especially amid the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and its serious negative repercussions on the global economy, which have doubled the need for convening the Forum as it has become an important global event in the field of economics and business. This Forum is considered also as a paradigm for the initiatives that should be undertaken by the international community to contribute to establishing a sound environment for the regional and global economy and investment, and to finding effective solutions to common economic challenges.
"The broad international participation in this Forum undoubtedly reflects the prestigious position assumed by Russia in the region and the world.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the extent to which the lives of peoples and their destinies in our modern world are intertwined and correlated. It has been proven that no country can alone confront a catastrophe of the magnitude of this pandemic, and that investing in research to fight it and prevent similar outbreaks in the future must be an international effort, and that the international community must work hard and diligently to make vaccines and treatment accessible to all, especially the poor peoples or those who face upheavals and wars, for it is not acceptable to subjugate people's health to the laws of the market and global trade. On this occasion, I commend Russia's role in producing and distributing vaccines. "
"On the other hand, strengthening the economy, investment and the values of innovation, work and production, together with promoting common human values, is the means to build the necessary potentials to fight the pandemic and overcome other global problems such as climate change. It is also the path for people to restore their normal life that they miss since the outbreak of the pandemic. It will also support our health institutions, scientific research and make vaccination possible for all inhabitants of this planet. In this context, we call on the private sector in Russia and the world to explore the promising Qatari business environment in many projects and in various fields.
"In conclusion, I reiterate my thanks to His Excellency President Vladimir Putin for his kind invitation to us to participate in this Forum and for choosing the State of Qatar as the guest State at the Forum, hoping that it will achieve its desired goals, and wishing our two countries more fruitful cooperation.
"May God's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.
"The main session of the Forum in St. Petersburg was attended by a number of their excellencies ministers, ranking political and economic officials, experts, and executives of companies from Qatar, Russia, and the world."
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Cover image credit: H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al-Thani Twitter
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