The non-profit partnership for the development of international cooperation “Saint Petersburg – London 2003” (“SPL-2003”) was set up in 1999 by the order of the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
In October, 1999 “SPL-2003” opened its representative office in London (UK). The launch ceremony was attended by I. Klebanov, then Vice-prime minister of the Russian Federation Government and B. Boothroyd, MP, then Speaker of the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
The primary goal of the “SPL-2003” is to develop and strengthen business ties between St Petersburg, UK, other European countries and USA. One of the aims of ‘SPL-2003” was to promote celebration of St Petersburg tercentenary which was celebrated in the year of 2003.
The main areas of the “SPL-2003” activities are the following:
Creating an image of Saint Petersburg as a large financial, economic and logistic and cultural center of Northwestern Russia;
Increasing investment attractiveness of Saint Petersburg with potential investors;
Promoting in Russia and in St Petersburg modern management techniques and advanced expertise in various sectors of the economy.
Members of the “SPL-2003” includes Saint- Petersburg Administration and a number of St Petersburg based companies and organizations.
Since the day of its establishment, Dr. Grigory Rozhkov is the General Director of the non-profit Partnership “Saint Petersburg – London 2003”.