"This year we are even more interested [in SPIEF] since our president, Emmanuel Macron, is also here. I think this is the best moment and a good opportunity to enhance political and economic dialogue," Oudea said on the sidelines of the SPIEF.
Macron is paying a two-day visit to Russia. On Thursday, the president met with Putin and discussed a range of international and bilateral issues, including the situation with Iran nuclear deal and Syrian crisis.
SPIEF, held annually in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg, is a major networking hub for entrepreneurs and a global platform for the discussion of crucial economic issues. The event began on Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency is the official media partner of the forum.