Events
  • Istanbul, Turkey

    21.03.2013

    On March 21, Istanbul welcomed more than 200 participants from Russia and Turkey to a session jointly organized by the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and titled ‘Turkey and Russia – Economic Integration Driving Regional Development’. Participants noted that the scope of projects undertaken jointly by the…

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  • Sochi, Russia

    28.03.2013

    The Russia–ASEAN Business Forum was the logical continuation of the business element of the APEC 2012 Summit. The Forum provided members of the Russian and ASEAN business communities with an opportunity to share their opinions and identify new joint investment projects. The Forum programme included sessions on economic and business trends, the components of a…

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  • , South Korea

    03.04.2013

    The event was attended by 160 invited delegates from political and business circles in Russia and Northeast Asian countries. The session explored new Northeast Asian development models, opportunities to promote Russian resources in Asian markets, as well as ways for South Korea to unlock the resource potential of Siberia and develop industrial production in the…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    18.04.2013

    The Russia Forum is a platform for establishing new business contacts, bolstering cooperation, and pitching promising joint projects. The Forum is known for its impressive roster of speakers and participants: political figures, regulators, prominent members of the business community, heads of private companies on the verge of going public, senior executives from leading corporations based…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    23.04.2013

    The event welcomed delegates from 62 international development financing institutions based in 23 countries. It hosted bilateral meetings between officials from Vnesheconombank and executives of the Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia, Export-Import Bank of India, and others. Participants discussed current and potential bilateral cooperation on joint projects in the fields of sustainable development, energy…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    18.06.2013

    The Y20 Russia Youth Summit was held in St. Petersburg in 2013. The Summit’s Secretariat consisted of students and alumni from St. Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and other leading Russian universities that had taken part in previous summits. The 2013 Summit welcomed 106 bright young participants from…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    18.06.2013

    Conference participants discussed issues related to long-term investment and the role of the state in investment financing; infrastructure financing tools; cooperation between national and multilateral development institutions, their associations, and international financial institutions; and public–private partnership mechanisms utilized by development institutions to attract private long-term investment. Members of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) met…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    20.06.2013

    The B20 Summit is an informal gathering of business associations working together to support continuous dialogue between the business community, G20 leaders, and relevant international organizations. Attendees of the B20 Summit include business associations, senior corporate executives from various sectors of the economy, and expert organizations. The B20’s central mission is to promote sustainable, reliable,…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    21.11.2013

    The ENES 2013 business programme spanned three days and included over 20 events, key among which were a plenary meeting focused on the energy-efficient path for Russia’s economic development and a national conference on energy efficiency and energy conservation, attended by Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak and the heads of 83…

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  • Jakarta, Indonesia

    25.02.2014

    Jointly organized by the Russian Business Council for Cooperation with Indonesia and the KADIN Indonesia Russia and CIS Committee. Rostec served as the general partner of the event. The Forum was attended by entrepreneurs, members of the business and expert communities from both countries, and representatives of the governments of the Russian Federation and Indonesia….

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  • Tokyo, Japan

    19.03.2014

    Thirteen agreements and memoranda signed at 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum On March 19, 2014, the 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum opened in Tokyo. The event was jointly hosted in Tokyo (Japan) by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. The Russian Ministry of Agriculture also…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    27.06.2014

    The event was held under the auspices of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia. Heads of federal and regional government bodies and representatives from manufacturing companies, banks and investment funds, expert organizations, financial institutions, development institutions, and companies providing support services all attended the Conference. Participants included Governor of…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    30.06.2014

    The theme of the Congress was ‘New Realities in Banking’. The event served as a platform for discussing the pressing issues facing the banking sector, including inflation targeting; measures to strengthen structural and prudential regulation, such as the Basel III standards; post-crisis initiatives implemented by national regulatory authorities; regulation of systemically important financial institutions; changes…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    20.11.2014

    The ENES Forum is the most significant event organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the field of energy efficiency. It serves as a professional business platform, bringing together energy company executives and government officials. ENES 2014 Forum participants had a chance to discuss the mechanisms…

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  • Seoul, South Korea

    09.12.2014

    On December 9, the Russian-Korean “Welcome to the Far East” Economic Forum was held in Seoul. The Forum was organized by the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Korea, the Korea International Trade Association and the Korean-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Forum, supported by the St. Petersburg International Economic…

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  • Beijing, China

    16.12.2014

    n December 16, 2014 the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China hosted a roundtable meeting ‘Cultivating Deeper Russia-Chinese Co-operation in Developing the Metallurgy Sector’, organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the National Development and Reform Commission of China. Igor Koval, Director of the…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    11.03.2015

    This annual event is held under the auspices of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma and with the support of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council. Heads of federal and regional government bodies and representatives from manufacturing companies, banks and investment funds, expert organizations,…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    22.05.2015

    The St. Petersburg Spatial Development Forum is the embodiment of an idea to create an international platform for developing effective sustainable urban development strategies tailored to meet the challenges of today’s world. Best practices developed by cities around the world which are home to sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List are especially pertinent…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    03.06.2015

    The theme of the 2015 Congress was ‘The Financial Industry: Challenges and Solutions’. Representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma, and the Government of the Russian Federation, as well as the Bank of Russia, international financial institutions, national central banks and foreign state banking and financial watchdogs, Russian and international banks, banking associations, auditing…

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  • Ufa, Russia

    07.06.2015

    SCO Business Forum St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 has played host to the business forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) for the first time. The business forum addressed the current agenda and long-range objectives of the SCO member states. It was noted in keynote speeches…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    17.06.2015

    Relevant topics for Russian small- and medium-sized businesses were discussed on June 17, 2015 as part of four discussion platforms held in a roundtable format in the run-up to SPIEF 2015. The key themes of the Russian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum included: the potential of small business, demand for the products and services of…

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  • Verona, Italy

    22.10.2015

    The theme of the Forum was ‘Together towards new political dialogue and an innovative approach to economic relations’. Discussions were focused on various aspects of cooperation “from Lisbon to Vladivostok”, including issues related to innovative companies and startups, alternative energy sources, the environment, infrastructure, and the agricultural industry. Forum participants examined various possible scenarios for…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    28.10.2015

    The Forum was held at the VDNH: the world’s largest exhibit, museum, and recreation complex and one of the most popular public spaces in Moscow. Open Innovations, Russia’s leading international-level technology convention, offered an exceptional opportunity for communication between innovators, corporations, scientists, industry experts, and government officials, all dealing with the most significant trends in…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    02.11.2015

    The Session was attended by government officials from the states which are party to the Convention. Delegations included heads and representatives of various state authorities involved in combatting corruption. International and non-profit organizations were also invited to participate.

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  • Moscow, Russia

    19.11.2015

    The International Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation is the most significant event organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the field of energy efficiency. It serves as a professional business platform, bringing together energy company executives and government officials. The ENES 2015 programme focused…

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  • Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

    24.12.2015

    On December 24, 2015, Nizhny Novgorod hosted the first in a series of events under the title ‘Russia’s regions: new growth areas’, organized by the Roscongress Foundation (the organizers of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum) in partnership with the Russian Export Center (REC) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), with the support of…

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  • New Delhi, India

    30.01.2016

    On January 30, 2016, two St. Petersburg International Economic Forum panel sessions on bilateral relations between Russia and India took place in New Delhi: “Fulfilling the Indian–Russian economic promise” and “BRICS growth agenda: investment hot spots in Russia”. It was the first time that SPIEF sessions had been held at The Global Business Summit. Prime…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    05.02.2016

    On February 5, 2016, a special presentation on the anniversary year of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum took place at the Mansion of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. Those present included ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean….

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  • Yekaterinburg, Russia

    10.02.2016

    The second field session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum entitled “Russia’s regions: new areas of growth” took place in Yekaterinburg on February 10, 2016, attended by government officials, business people and experts. The participants discussed ways to showcase effectively the investment and export potential of the Urals Federal District at major international events,…

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  • Milan, Italy

    12.02.2016

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to…

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  • Bari, Italy

    16.02.2016

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to…

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  • Naples, Italy

    18.02.2016

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to…

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  • Krasnodar, Russia

    16.03.2016

    On March 16, 2016, Krasnodar hosted the third St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) session in the series ‘Southern Russia: New Areas of Growth’. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, and held in association with the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council…

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  • , China

    23.03.2016

    On March 23, 2016 the St. Petersburg International Economic Form held a panel session entitled “New approaches in the Russian economy: localization and innovations” organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Boao Forum for Asia, as part of a programme of events abroad. The session focused on aspects of the development of bilateral relations…

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  • Montevideo, Uruguay

    28.03.2016

    Russia – Latin America Business and Media Forum took place in Montevideo (Uruguay) on March 28–29, 2016. It was organised by the Roscongress Foundation and the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas. Supporting organizations were the Uruguay Government, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of Economic Development, of Telecom and Mass Communications, of Energy, of Natural Resources…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    14.04.2016

    The objective of the Conference is to analyse legal compliance practices and develop recommendations for improving current standards and regulations in order to foster investment supply and demand in Russia. TheInvestRus Conferenceis an open platform for direct dialogue between lawmakers and the business community. The event is attended by government officials, members of the Russian…

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  • Catania, Italy

    22.04.2016

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to…

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  • Sochi, Russia

    19.05.2016

    The Forum offered an excellent opportunity for a constructive exchange of opinion between leading representatives from business, politics, civil society, and the expert communities of Russia and ASEAN member states. In addition to focusing on key issues related to cooperation in trade, economics, investment, and technology, the event enabled participants to further expand business contacts.

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  • Tula,

    26.05.2016

    On May 26, 2016, Tula played host to the fifth visiting session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’, arranged by the Roscongress Foundation in association with the Russian Export Centre (REC) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). The event was held with the assistance of the…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    15.06.2016

    On June 5, 2016, for the first time within the scope of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an Inter-regional Forum in the Russia – countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) format was held. The event was organised by UNIDO (the Organisation for Industrial Development) in conjunction with the Roscongress Foundation. The moderator…

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  • Saint-Petersburg, Russia

    16.06.2016

    On June 16–18, the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was held, bringing together more than 12,000 participants from 133 countries, including media representatives and accompanying persons. Heads of states, government officials, and executives from leading international companies and organizations gathered in St. Petersburg for the largest business event of the year. Advisor to the…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    18.06.2016

    The Arctic Welcomes Other Regions panel session took place as part of the Conference on the Economic Development of the Arctic. The Arctic’s environment calls for specifically designed technologies, products, and services, as well as a special template for cooperation between the various regional players. Cooperation between different regions of the Arctic and beyond must…

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  • Vladivostok, Russia

    26.07.2016

    On 26 July 2016, Alexander Krutikov, Director of the Department for the Delivery of Investment Projects at the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, and Igor Pavlov, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation and Director of the Eastern Economic Forum, unveiled a series of promising Russian and foreign investment projects scheduled for…

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  • Vladivostok, Russia

    02.09.2016

    The Eastern Economic Forum was held on September 2–3, 2016 with some 3,500 participants and 1,100 media representatives. Foreign participants represented 56 countries. The largest delegations came from: Japan (246 people), China (227 people) and the Republic of Korea (128 people). The Forum’s motto was “Opening up the Far East”. As part of the official opening of…

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  • Sochi, Russia

    29.09.2016

    The 15th Sochi International Investment Forum 2016 was held at the Main Media Centre at Sochi’s Olympic Park on September 29 – October 2. The Sochi Forum is a traditional venue for presentation of Russia’s investment and economic potential, regional aspects of the world economy, collaboration and forging stronger ties between foreign and Russian businesspeople, experts…

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  • Verona, Italy

    20.10.2016

    The fifth Eurasian Forum in Verona (Italy) drew to a close on 21 October 2016. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the Conoscere Eurasia Association, and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Over the two days of the Forum, participants discussed a number of issues. These included building new projects and models for…

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  • Yaroslavl, Russia,

    06.12.2016

    On December 6, 2016, Yaroslavl hosted a regional session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) as part of the “Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth” series. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. Among those participating in the event were…

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  • Tehran, Iran,

    13.12.2016

    On December 13, Tehran hosted the Russia-Iran Business Forum, organized by the Roscongress Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Export Center, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian…

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  • Davos, Switzerland

    17.01.2017

    Russia House served as the official Russian residence in Davos. The venue was hosted by the Roscongress Foundation, a major Russian business forum operator, and Ulmart, Russia’s leading e-commerce company. Russia House welcomed a record number of high-profile guests during the World Economic Forum. The debates and events at the official venue for the Russian…

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  • Москва, Russia

    18.01.2017

    A special presentation on the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 4th International Arctic Forum was held on January 18 in Moscow for ambassadors of Arctic Council member countries and countries with observer status. The meeting was the latest in a series of events in preparation for the Forum, which will take place under the auspices of…

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  • Sochi, Russia

    27.02.2017

    The Russian Investment Forum is a traditional platform for presenting Russia’s investment and economic potential. The Forum is held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

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  • Arkhangelsk, Russia

    29.03.2017

    The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum is the largest forum for discussing topical issues and prospects for the development of the Arctic region with international partners. The central theme of the Forum in 2017 will be ‘People and the Arctic’. The Forum is designed to bring together international organizations, government bodies, and the…

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  • Hannover, Germany

    26.04.2017

    A panel session titled ‘Russia–Germany: Digital Transformation of Industries and New Opportunities for Cooperation’ was held on the sidelines of the world’s biggest industrial exhibition Hannover Messe on April 26. The event was attended by Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vasily Osmakov, Eastern Committee of German Economy General Director Michael Harms as well…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    01.06.2017

    The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from June 1–3, 2017 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation. Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2017, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will…

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  • Seoul, South Korea

    03.07.2017

    A special session titled ‘Russia–Republic of Korea: Expanding Economic Cooperation within the Framework of Greater Eurasia’ was held at the eight Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, South Korea on 3 July. The session was organized by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) with support from the Roscongress Foundation. The special session was attended by Director…

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    12.07.2017

    The theme of the Congress will be ‘The Future of Financial Markets’. The Congress is a major annual financial conference, which brings together distinguished experts and high-level representatives of central and commercial banks and financial institutions. The event’s sessions operate as interactive discussions, covering the major challenges currently facing the global financial system.

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  • Petrozavodsk, Russia

    25.07.2017

    The Roscongress Foundation along with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and Russian News Agency TASS held an offsite session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum titled ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ in Petrozavodsk on July 25, 2017. The business session was attended by Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, Agency for…

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  • Vladivostok, Russia

    06.09.2017

    In accordance with the schedule set by the President of the Russian Federation, the Third Eastern Economic Forum will be held on 6−7 September 2017. A whole pool of promising Russian and foreign investment projects suitable for practical implementation will be presented at EEF. The architects of the projects will appear before potential investors, offering…

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  • Thessaloniki, Greece

    11.09.2017

    11 September 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece The ‘Greek–Eurasian Economic Forum: A New Bridge for Cooperation and Development’ will take place in the frameworks of the country’s most important economic event – TIF Helexpo, which has annually been held in the Greek city of Thessaloniki for more than ninety years. The Forum in Thessaloniki is the first step…

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  • Moscow, Russia

    04.10.2017

    “The ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum (hereinafter the Forum) will take place in Moscow at the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ from October 4-7, 2017 in accordance with Decree No. 2026-r of the Government of the Russian Federation dated September 27, 2016. The technical operator of the Forum is the Roscongress…

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  • Moscow, Sochi, Russia

    14.10.2017

    On January 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree “On the preparation and running of 19th World Festival of Youth and Students”. The festival will take place on October 14–22, 2017, with the main events taking place at the Sochi Olympic Park. Over 20,000 young people from 150 countries will participate.

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  • Verona, Italy

    19.10.2017

    19–20 October 2017, Verona, Italy Forum participants: ministers from the Eurasian Economic Union, representatives of the European Commission, regional governors, government officials and politicians, ambassadors, and leaders of major corporations from participating nations. “This is the fourth year that the Roscongress Foundation has helped to organize the Eurasian Forum, in cooperation with the Association Conoscere…

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  • Davos, Switzerland

    22.01.2018

    22–26 January 2018, Davos, Switzerland As part of the upcoming World Economic Forum, the Roscongress Foundation will continue its Russia House project. For the third year in a row, Russia House will serve as the official Russian residence at the event, a platform for promoting Russian initiatives among key representatives of the international business community…

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  • Sochi, Russia

    15.02.2018

    The Russian Investment Forum is a traditional platform for presenting Russia’s investment and economic potential. The Forum is held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    24.05.2018

    The 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from May 24–26, 2018 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation. Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2018, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will…

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  • St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Session ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ in Karelia

    The Roscongress Foundation along with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and Russian News Agency TASS held an offsite session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum titled ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ in Petrozavodsk on July 25, 2017.

    The business session was attended by Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, Agency for Strategic Initiatives General Director Svetlana Chupsheva, Roscongress Foundation Deputy Director Shukur Israilov, Russian News Agency TASS Deputy Chief Executive Officer Andrey Sokolov, Monotown Development Foundation General Director Ilya Krivogov, Chairman of the All-Russian Public Organization for Small and Medium-sized Business OPORA RUSSIA branch in the Republic of Karelia Andrey Fintsev, and First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Regional Policy and Affairs of the North and Far East Valentina Pivnenko.

    “We have created a unique event in a new format in Karelia. Our businessmen learned about the best regional practices in socioeconomic development and advanced innovative and educational projects that are being implemented in the country and in the regions, received high-quality consultations from representatives of the country’s largest development institutions, and spoke directly with leading experts. It must be noted that the site will continue to work after the forum”, Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov said.

    One of the goals of the event is to improve skills among entrepreneurs for the use of tools for support to small- and medium-sized businesses offered by development institutions and infrastructure organizations. “We are working with the regions and entrepreneurs on creating favourable business conditions with the aim of establishing compliance practices, eliminating redundant barriers, and creating highly competitive business conditions for both foreign companies and, most importantly, for our Russian organizations. It is important to determine the conditions in which business will work comfortably”, Agency for Strategic Initiatives General Director Svetlana Chupsheva said.

    The session focused heavily on work to create an open communications platform to collect and present information about state support measures for business. A fundamental agreement was reached on this at SPIEF 2017 in June. “Creating an aggregator of support measures will benefit everyone. Small and medium-sized businesses will receive the most up-to-date and complete information about state support measures via a single resource, state institutions will become much closer to entrepreneurs, and the investment climate in Russia will improve significantly. TASS is ready to help in implementing this project, including by offering the technical capabilities of the TASS-Business platform open data aggregator”, Russian News Agency TASS Deputy Chief Executive Officer and session moderator Andrey Sokolov said.

    Summarizing the results of the business meeting in Karelia, Roscongress Foundation Deputy Director Shukur Israilov said the “offsite SPIEF sessions have become one of the key components for the domestic promotion of state support measures on the basis of one of the country’s most important communication platforms, which the Roscongress Foundation is. Today, this format is not only acknowledged by Russian business, but is also in demand. Such events are a bright spot in a region’s business life and help to improve business processes in a number of areas. The communications platform that has been created is truly becoming a kind of growth point for business in the region”.

  • 3rd Eastern Economic Forum

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    In accordance with the schedule set by the President of the Russian Federation, the Third Eastern Economic Forum will be held on 6−7 September 2017.

    A whole pool of promising Russian and foreign investment projects suitable for practical implementation will be presented at EEF. The architects of the projects will appear before potential investors, offering detailed presentations that contain the supporting economic information needed to make decisions.

  • ‘Greek–Eurasian Economic Forum: A New Bridge for Cooperation and Development’

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    11 September 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

    The ‘Greek–Eurasian Economic Forum: A New Bridge for Cooperation and Development’ will take place in the frameworks of the country’s most important economic event – TIF Helexpo, which has annually been held in the Greek city of Thessaloniki for more than ninety years.

    The Forum in Thessaloniki is the first step towards implementing the provisions of the Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Government of the Hellenic Republic dated 24 June 2017, which aims to develop a dialogue between EAEU countries and the Hellenic Republic in the economic sector.

    The event will be attended by representatives of major business associations, leading companies and structures that focus on boosting economic cooperation and developing mutual trade between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and Greece.

    Organizers: Eurasian Economic Commission, the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and Enterprise Greece, Helexpo

    Supported by the Ministry of Economy and Development of Greece.

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    Further information:

    +7 (495) 640 4440
    +7 (812) 680 0001
    cooperation@roscongress.org

  • Russian Energy Week 2017 International Forum

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    “The ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum (hereinafter the Forum) will take place in Moscow at the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ from October 4-7, 2017 in accordance with Decree No. 2026-r of the Government of the Russian Federation dated September 27, 2016. The technical operator of the Forum is the Roscongress Foundation.

    The goal of the event is to demonstrate the prospects of the Russian fuel and energy industry and realize the potential of international cooperation. Six main pillars have been identified for the Forum’s business programme: the development of the gas, oil, and coal industries, petrochemicals, and electricity as well as energy conservation and improving energy efficiency. The Forum will be attended by the heads of major global and Russian energy companies”.

  • The XIX World Festival of Youth and Students

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    On January 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree “On the preparation and running of 19th World Festival of Youth and Students”. The festival will take place on October 14–22, 2017, with the main events taking place at the Sochi Olympic Park. Over 20,000 young people from 150 countries will participate.

  • X EURASIAN ECONOMIC FORUM IN VERONA

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    19–20 October 2017, Verona, Italy

    Forum participants: ministers from the Eurasian Economic Union, representatives of the European Commission, regional governors, government officials and politicians, ambassadors, and leaders of major corporations from participating nations.

    “This is the fourth year that the Roscongress Foundation has helped to organize the Eurasian Forum, in cooperation with the Association Conoscere Eurasia. The event in Verona is a great platform for discussion. It promotes international cooperation across various sectors of the economy and throughout Eurasia. Through holding joint events like this, we are strengthening international partnerships and supporting the initiatives being proposed,” says Roscongress Foundation CEO Alexander Stuglev.

    Under the auspices of the municipal administration of Verona

    Organizers: Association Conoscere Eurasia, the Roscongress Foundation

    Further information:
    +7 (495) 640 4440
    +7 (812) 680 0001
    cooperation@roscongress.org

  • RUSSIA HOUSE IN DAVOS

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    22–26 January 2018, Davos, Switzerland

    As part of the upcoming World Economic Forum, the Roscongress Foundation will continue its Russia House project. For the third year in a row, Russia House will serve as the official Russian residence at the event, a platform for promoting Russian initiatives among key representatives of the international business community and high-ranking officials who will come together, as per tradition, in Davos (Switzerland) this coming January.

    Russia House is a multi-format space that has the necessary status and technical capabilities for its partners to conduct all manner of public and private business events, including panel sessions, business lunches, dinners, meetings and presentations, as well as take part in the sports programme. In addition, Russia House features comfortable conference rooms for business meetings.

    In 2018, Russia House will be located at: 68 and 72, Promenade, Davos – in the immediate vicinity of the Congress Centre, but outside the restricted access zone, which will help attract more foreign officials and business representatives to the Russian cultural and discussion platform.

    If you have any questions regarding cooperation or participation, please contact us at +7 (495) 640 4440, cooperation@roscongress.org

  • The Russian Investment Forum

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    The Russian Investment Forum is a traditional platform for presenting Russia’s investment and economic potential.

    The Forum is held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

  • St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018

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    The 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from May 24–26, 2018 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation.

    Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2018, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again demonstrate Russia’s readiness to hold a mutually beneficial dialogue with the international community on the key issues of the global agenda concerning the economy and finances”.

  • 26th International Financial Congress

    The theme of the Congress will be ‘The Future of Financial Markets’. The Congress is a major annual financial conference, which brings together distinguished experts and high-level representatives of central and commercial banks and financial institutions. The event’s sessions operate as interactive discussions, covering the major challenges currently facing the global financial system.

  • SPECIAL SESSION OF ASIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN SEOUL DISCUSSES PROSPECTS FOR RUSSIAN-KOREAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION

    A special session titled ‘Russia–Republic of Korea: Expanding Economic Cooperation within the Framework of Greater Eurasia’ was held at the eight Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, South Korea on 3 July.

    The session was organized by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) with support from the Roscongress Foundation.

    The special session was attended by Director of the International Office of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Anton Moskalenkov, Managing Director of the Technological Development Agency Roman Rozhkov, Executive Director of the Association of Industrial Parks Denis Zhuravsky, Deputy Chairman of Vnesheconombank and Head of the Monotown Modernization Working Group under the Government of the Russian Federation Irina Makiyeva, Professor and Director of the Institute of Eurasian Studies at Kookmin University Sang Joon Lee, Forma Corporation President and CEO Yu Serizawa as well as representatives of business circles of Russia and the Republic of Korea. The moderator of the session was KITA Managing Vice President Kim Jung Gwan.

    The session participants discussed expanded cooperation between Russian and South Korean business in the development of Eurasian markets as well as joint projects in energy and transport infrastructure. The discussion of the integration of Russia and the Republic of Korea will continue at the third Eastern Economic Forum (Vladivostok, 6–7 September), in particular as part of the ‘Russia-Republic of Korea’ business dialogue, which has been included in the Forum’s business programme architecture.

    “The main actors at EEF 2017 will be Russian and foreign investors who are implementing projects in the Far Eastern Federal District. One of the main focuses of the Forum’s work will be the search for new economic development opportunities for the Russian Far East in the context of integration processes in Greater Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific region”, Director of the International Office of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Anton Moskalenkov said.

  • St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017

    The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from June 1–3, 2017 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation.

    Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2017, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again demonstrate Russia’s readiness to hold a mutually beneficial dialogue with the international community on the key issues of the global agenda concerning the economy and finances”.

  • Russia — Germany: Digital Transformation of Industries and New Opportunities for Cooperation

    A panel session titled ‘Russia–Germany: Digital Transformation of Industries and New Opportunities for Cooperation’ was held on the sidelines of the world’s biggest industrial exhibition Hannover Messe on April 26. The event was attended by Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vasily Osmakov, Eastern Committee of German Economy General Director Michael Harms as well as the heads of Russian and German companies, including Wilo, SAP, Tibbo Systems, 4.0-Veit, and Severstal. The panel session was organized by the Eastern Committee of German Economy, Mangold Consulting, SAP, and the Roscongress Foundation with support from Severstal and Deutsche Messe.

    The panel session was opened by Eastern Committee of German Economy General Director Michael Harms, who underscored the importance of a dialogue between Russia and Germany and noted the recent development in bilateral relations: “We are currently witnessing a noticeable revival in Russian-German trade relations and growing interest from German investors in the Russian market. The development of digital technologies will certainly help to strengthen this positive trend. The opportunities for interaction are enormous, as evidenced by the Hanover Fair”.

    During the panel session, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vasily Osmakov gave a report on the role of digital technologies in industry and also addressed the development of relations between Russia and Germany: “The Russian delegation’s participation in the world’s largest industrial exhibition Hannover Messe has made it possible to expand international cooperation ties, which will help to meet objectives involving the entry of our competitive products to foreign markets. Germany is one of our key international partners in the industrial sector. We maintain a constant dialogue with representatives of German business and together we are building the maximum transparent rules of the game for foreign investors interested in expanding their level of localization and attracting investment to high-tech production”, Osmakov said.

    A key part of the panel session was a discussion of the prospects for industry-based digital transformations in Germany and Russia as well as ways to expand business opportunities in the digital economy, which will make it possible to respond appropriately to the challenges of modern global competition and realize untapped potential.

    One of the primary goals of the discussion was to identify a current and potential market for the digital economy in Russia and Germany in order to develop new business models taking into account the current limitations.

    Commenting on the results of the event in Hannover, Russian Presidential Advisor and Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov stressed that representatives of German business circles have consistently shown great interest in cooperation with Russia, establishing a dialogue based on trust, mutual respect, and the consideration of interests as well as the development and expansion of trade and economic cooperation.

    I believe that holding a visiting session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on the sidelines of Hannover Messe in Hannover and the participation of our colleagues from Germany in the Forum events in St. Petersburg, which will take place on June 1-3, 2017, will contribute to the development of multi-faceted bilateral cooperation and take it to a qualitatively new level. Today, our countries have enormous potential to deepen cooperation in different sectors, including the digital industry”, Kobyakov said.

    Information for the media:

    Ilya Shnaider
    Tel. +7 (911) 156 6513
    Email: ilya.shnaider@roscongress.org

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  • The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ (4th) International Arctic Forum

    The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum is the largest forum for discussing topical issues and prospects for the development of the Arctic region with international partners.

    The central theme of the Forum in 2017 will be ‘People and the Arctic’. The Forum is designed to bring together international organizations, government bodies, and the scientific and business communities to identify the best solutions for securing the effective development of the Arctic and improving the lives of Arctic residents.

    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin will take part in the Forum.

  • The Russian Investment Forum

    The Russian Investment Forum is a traditional platform for presenting Russia’s investment and economic potential.

    The Forum is held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

  • ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum programme presented to ambassadors of Arctic Council member states and observers

    A special presentation on the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 4th International Arctic Forum was held on January 18 in Moscow for ambassadors of Arctic Council member countries and countries with observer status. The meeting was the latest in a series of events in preparation for the Forum, which will take place under the auspices of the State Commission for Arctic Development on March 29–30, 2017 in Arkhangelsk.

     

    Ambassadors from Denmark, Norway, and Singapore, as well as official representatives from Germany, Iceland, India, Canada, China, South Korea, the Netherlands, the USA, Finland, Sweden, and Japan attended the event.

     

    Among the speakers at the presentation were:

    • Rafael Abramyan, Director of the Department for Development of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
    • Igor Orlov, Governor, Arkhangelsk Region
    • Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
    • Maxim Kulinko, Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Executive Secretary of the State Commission for Arctic Development
    • Slava Khodko, Head of Project Development, The Roscongress Foundation
    • Elena Kudryashova, Rector, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University

     The speakers presented the business programme for the upcoming Forum and outlined the proposed key themes for discussion. Events set to take place on the margins of the Forum were also announced, including the ‘Arctic. Made in Russia’ International Youth Educational Forum, the Northern Cities Forum, the Arctic Business Forum, and an extended session of the State Commission for Arctic Development.

     

    “The choice of ‘People and the Arctic’ as the key theme for this year’s Forum is intended to shift discussion about the Arctic from that of a region rich in natural resources to an understanding of the Arctic as a place where people live. The development of transport logistics, port infrastructure, and the expansion of the state services system will all be discussed at the Forum. The task facing all Arctic nations and observer countries today is to ensure the continuation of peace and stability in the region. Last year, our partners expressed their readiness to engage in dialogue on this front, and so I am confident that through the discussions at the Forum we will reach constructive solutions”, said Igor Orlov, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.

     

    All participants noted the growing geostrategic and economic significance of the Arctic region and expressed the hope that the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum would become a genuine platform for effective cooperation on the Arctic agenda at the international level. Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, voiced his confidence that tools for mutually beneficial cooperation would be developed at the Forum, given that the event expects to welcome not only representatives of the Arctic nations, but also those from Asian and European countries, as well as investors and business representatives, members of the scientific community, and civil society organizations.

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  • Russia House in Davos

    Russia House served as the official Russian residence in Davos. The venue was hosted by the Roscongress Foundation, a major Russian business forum operator, and Ulmart, Russia’s leading e-commerce company. Russia House welcomed a record number of high-profile guests during the World Economic Forum. The debates and events at the official venue for the Russian business community were among the most talked about in Davos. The Russia House business programme included a virtual presentation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will be held on June 1–3 in St. Petersburg.

    The main aim behind Russia House was to demonstrate Russia’s openness to dialogue and collaboration, and to focus on business successes.

    On the basis of the initial results, it can be confidently stated that the organizers of the official residence of the Russian business community in Davos have achieved their objectives.

    Events at Russia House were attended by over 3,000 people, including government officials, international business leaders, and representatives of the investment community. Among the guests at Russia House were President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, and founder of the social network VK Pavel Durov, as well as the leaders of major global e-commerce companies, economists, bankers, among them Global Managing Partner of Ernst and Young Carmine DiSibio, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti, Chief Executive Officer of SUN Group Shiv Khemka, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg Breweries Cees ‘t Hart, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novartis Joerg Reinhardt, Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Christian Sewing, European President of Procter & Gamble Gary Coombe, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo ESSA Ramon Laguarta, and Senior Vice President of ABB Alanna Abrahamson.

    In 2017, Russia House drew the attention of the Russian Government, with an official visit to the Russian residence by Maxim Oreshkin. “The Forum in Davos is very important to us, as it affords us the opportunity to hold essential meetings with international companies investing in Russia, and to conduct negotiations with colleagues from other countries”, Oreshkin said.

    On January 19, the Minister held a meeting at Russia House with members of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC), bringing together Russian and international business leaders and heads of non-profit organizations.

    Alexander Ivlev, EY Country Managing Partner, Russia, says: “The participants touched upon a number of issues that are high on foreign investors’ agenda, in particular, the activities of the Customs Union, as well as challenges surrounding the tax system, doing business, and production localization. There was also a proposal to revitalize the work of a dedicated task force aimed at supporting Russia’s image abroad, as many foreign investors are not yet aware of the country’s immense investment potential. As a result, Russia House has proved to be the perfect platform both in terms of form and substance.”

    Summarizing the work of Russia House, CEO of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev noted that one of the chief aims of all events is to promote Russia as an investment destination: “Thanks to the business sessions and private meetings hosted by our venue, international guests and partners are now better informed about the opportunities for doing business in our country. We are seeking to show that Russia is open for dialogue, and to achieve this we are initiating projects like Russia House in partnership with Ulmart.”

    Andrey Kuzyaev, President of ER-Telecom, said: “Participating in the Davos Forum gives us the opportunity to understand global economic trends, to learn about best practices in the industry, and to discuss them with our colleagues. Events like Russia House help to create a communications platform that can be used to talk about key economic trends and new strategic opportunities.”

    Russia House served as a centre for international dialogue on January 17, the official opening day of the Davos Forum. As part of a business breakfast event, leaders in the tech sector discussed the role of major companies in technological progress and the development of the digital economy. The day’s business agenda continued with the session ‘Russia–US Relations: Post-Election Dialogue’. This event was the most popular in the history of Russia House. More than 120 people attended the discussion on the outlook for improving economic relations between the two countries and opportunities for business development.

    The second day of the project opened with a panel discussion titled ‘Digital Disruption: 10 Years On’, organized by financial and corporate communications agency and Russia House partner EM. Participants discussed changes already unfolding in culture, the media, banking, and other spheres of public life as a result of the growth of advanced technologies. The panel was moderated by Tom Blackwell, CEO of EM. Participants at the event included: Brian Pallas, Founder and CEO, Opportunity Network; Hanna Aase, Founder and CEO, Wonderloop; Tatiana Lysova, Editor-in-Chief, Vedomosti newspaper; Michael Hecker, Managing Director, Redline Capital Management; Andrey Kuzyaev, President, ER-Telecom; Egor Yakovlev, founder of VOD service Tvigle; and Fyokla Tolstaya, Development Director, Leo Tolstoy State Museum.

    The third day of the World Economic Forum was a critical one for the Russian delegation in Davos. Chairman of the Board at Ulmart Dmitry Kostygin spoke on behalf of the Russian business community at a session on ‘Russia’s Role in the World’, which welcomed First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov as its key speaker.

    “I myself have played the role of investor for many years, and I know that Russian business is undervalued as an investment opportunity. I am sure that 2017 will be a good year for Russian business, and therefore the national economy. There is of course, the danger of ‘black swans’, but we can already begin looking for ‘golden swans’”, Kostygin said at the opening of the discussion.

    Throughout the Forum, Russia House gave visitors the opportunity to take a virtual reality walking tour of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which is set to take place on June 1–3 in St. Petersburg. Over 400 Russian and international guests and participants at business programme events, as well as visitors to the official Russian residence, viewed the high-tech presentation promoting SPIEF.

    “Great to see the SPIEF team using virtual reality to market the hands-down number one annual conference on Russia. In fact, we at EM are huge fans of VR (and SPIEF) and are actively engaged in using VR to find innovative and efficient ways to help Russian companies to present themselves to the international investment community. 2017 will see some major breakthroughs in this regard. Thanks to the SPIEF team for leading the way”, said Tom Blackwell, CEO of EM, after watching the SPIEF VR presentation.

     

    About the Roscongress Foundation
    The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of helping to develop Russia’s economic potential and strengthen the country’s image by organizing congresses and exhibitions with an economic and social focus. The Foundation develops the substantive content for these events, and provides companies and organizations with advice, information, and expert guidance, as well as offering comprehensive evaluation, analysis, and coverage of the Russian and global economic agendas.

    Today, its annual agenda includes events held in locations ranging from Montevideo to Vladivostok, which bring together global business leaders, experts, the media, and government officials to create favourable conditions for dialogue and the promotion of new ideas and projects, and to assist in the creation of social enterprises and charity projects.
    http://roscongress.org/en/

     

    About Ulmart
    Ulmart is Russia’s largest privately held Internet company specializing in e-commerce. The company was founded in 2008, and its headquarters are located in St. Petersburg. As a coordinator of Russia House, Ulmart has taken part in the World Economic Forum since 2014.

    Ulmart has over 400 representative offices (fulfilment centres and collection points) in more than 240 cities and towns across Russia. Ulmart.ru is a nationwide, multifunctional online trading platform offering a wide range of products and services. Its product line includes items for the whole family: from DIY and home furnishings to children’s products, automotive and sports goods, e-books, flights, and much more besides. Twelve million SKUs are available 24/7 in convenient locations.
    www.ulmart.ru

     

    Russia House 2017 Partners: ER-Telecom, EM Communications, Tenzor Consulting Group, Simple, and the National E-Trade Association.

  • Russia–Iran Business Forum

    On December 13, Tehran hosted the Russia-Iran Business Forum, organized by the Roscongress Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Export Center, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce of Iran, and the Joint Russian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.

    The Business Forum brought together over 800 guests and participants, including Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister of North Caucasus Affairs of the Russian Federation Lev Kuznetsov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Georgy Kalamanov, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of Iran Gholamhossein Shafei, Chairman of the Joint Russian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation Mehdi Sanai, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region Sergey Morozov, CEO of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrey Nikitin, the heads of Russian and Iranian companies, and representatives from the expert community and the media.

    The Forum opened with a plenary session which focused on the diversification of bilateral trade and economic relations. The business programme continued with a series of roundtables and discussions of relevant issues relating to cooperation between Russia and Iran: trade, economic, and investment collaboration, support for Russian and Iranian business at the government level, cooperation in the industrial, technical, and energy sectors, and the financial and banking industry.

    Within the scope of the Business Networking Platform organized by the Roscongress Foundation with the support of the Russian Export Center, over 100 meetings took place between heads of Russian and Iranian companies.

     

    Plenary session (Video in Farsi)

     

    Roundtable: Industrial cooperation as a driver of innovative development in Iran (Video in Farsi)

     

    Roundtable: Cooperation in the Finance and Banking sectors (Video in Farsi)

     

    Roundtable: Non-oil export support and cooperation projects (Video in Farsi)

     

     

  • St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Session ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth. Investing in the Real Economy’ Yaroslavl Region

    On December 6, 2016, Yaroslavl hosted a regional session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) as part of the “Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth” series. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

    Among those participating in the event were Deputy Chairman of the Yaroslavl Region Government Maksim Avdeyev; Director of Economic and Social Policy Issues of the Apparatus of the Presidential Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Central Federal District Maxim Baranov; General Director of the Agency for Technological Development Maksim Shereykin; Head of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives in the Central Federal District VitalyEremeev; Director of External Communications of the Russian Export Center Vera Pogruzova; Head of the Roscongress Foundation project and Director of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Alexey Valkov; business leaders; leading Russian experts in investments; and representatives of the public and media.

    The session in Yaroslavl is the first in a new series of regional presentations in the run-up to the 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will take place on June 1–3, 2017.

    The discussion focused on attracting investment into the real economy and identifying new ways to improve the competitiveness of the Russian regions. Particular attention was given to job creation and developing high-tech production facilities and infrastructure projects in the Central Federal District.

    “The SPIEF regional session in Yaroslavl, which forms part of the ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ series, brought together government representatives, members of the business community, and experts to discuss key issues relating to improving the investment climate in the Central Federal District, identifying domestic and foreign investors, and creating an environment conducive to increasing exports. In this sense, the SPIEF regional sessions are an efficient tool to facilitate the effective development of territories,” said Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov.

    The Russian Export Center also held a briefing session at the event on support available to exporters, as well as a master class entitled “Marketing Territories”.

    This regional series of events tied to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was first launched in December 2015. “Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth” sessions have previously been held in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, and Tula.

    Further information is available on the official SPIEF website: www.forumspb.com.

  • V Eurasian Forum

    The fifth Eurasian Forum in Verona (Italy) drew to a close on 21 October 2016. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the Conoscere Eurasia Association, and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

    Over the two days of the Forum, participants discussed a number of issues. These included building new projects and models for government interaction and economic cooperation in the current environment, developing the innovative infrastructure of Greater Eurasia, and cooperation in energy, manufacturing, technology, transport, and agriculture.

    In particular, innovation was viewed as the main driver of long-term growth and global economic change.

    This year, a total of 600 organizations and 60 speakers took part in the Eurasian Forum. They included government officials, business people, political and public figures, diplomats, experts, and journalists.

    Further information is available on the official Forum website: http://www.forumverona.com/en/

     

    Antonio Fallico, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa, President of the Association Conoscere Eurasia



     

    Sergey Razov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino

     

    Forum Opening, Businesses and Greater Eurasia, Geopolitical processes in Greater Eurasia



     

    Session I: The geopolitical map of Greater Eurasia in movement



     

    Session II: Economics and finance and the global crisis



     

    Session III: The energy market – outlook for 2020



     

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    Session IV: New models of economic cooperation in the context of global crisis



     

    Session V: Innovation infrastructure in Greater Eurasia



     

    Session VI: Agriculture and agribusiness – new frontiers



     

    Session VII: Interregional cooperation as an engine of development



     

    Session VIII: Strengthening dialogue



     

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  • The Sochi International Investment Forum 2016

    The 15th Sochi International Investment Forum 2016 was held at the Main Media Centre at Sochi’s Olympic Park on September 29 – October 2.

    The Sochi Forum is a traditional venue for presentation of Russia’s investment and economic potential, regional aspects of the world economy, collaboration and forging stronger ties between foreign and Russian businesspeople, experts and the media community.

    The combination of the business programme and exhibition made it possible to discuss key issues relating to business activity and attracting investments to the Russian regions, to find effective economic solutions for specific sectors, companies and projects and to establish mutually beneficial commercial and scientific contacts.

    More: http://www.forumkuban.org/en/2016/10/05/results-of-the-fifteenth-jubilee-sochi-international-investment-forum-2016/

  • 2nd Eastern Economic Forum

    The Eastern Economic Forum was held on September 2–3, 2016 with some 3,500 participants and 1,100 media representatives. Foreign participants represented 56 countries. The largest delegations came from: Japan (246 people), China (227 people) and the Republic of Korea (128 people). The Forum’s motto was “Opening up the Far East”.

    As part of the official opening of the EEF on September 2, an opening address was given to the Forum participants by Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, and Chairman of the Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee.

    “The Eastern Economic Forum is being held in order for the Far East to develop more rapidly. If you look at the growth rates, the number of new investment projects and the inflow of investment to the region, you could say that this process has begun. But there is an understanding that this is only the start of the journey. We hope that in two to three years the system will get going and became comprehensive and competitive. We understand that the region is above all being developed by people who are establishing new enterprises here. For them to keep doing this, they need to know that the Far East is developing and that it is truly better to work here”, Trutnev concluded.

    More: https://forumvostok.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Results-of-EEF-2016_tEn.pdf

  • EEF 2016 PRESENTATION GIVEN TO AMBASSADORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS FROM ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES IN MOSCOW

    On 26 July 2016, Alexander Krutikov, Director of the Department for the Delivery of Investment Projects at the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, and Igor Pavlov, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation and Director of the Eastern Economic Forum, unveiled a series of promising Russian and foreign investment projects scheduled for presentation at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) 2016. There was a special focus on the core topics which will feature on the business programme of the upcoming Forum.

    “The Eastern Economic Forum is a fully-fledged component of the Russian Far East development agenda. The event will include a presentation on the changes that have occurred in the region since EEF 2015. Thanks to the implementation of new development mechanisms, the region has attracted over RUB 1.1 billion in private investment over the past year. This figure represents real production facilities, some of which will be opened at the Forum. All in all, 111 investment projects will be presented”, Alexander Krutikov said.

    The advantages of the new mechanisms employed to develop the Russian Far East are already being exploited by investors from China, Japan, Australia, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. It was noted at the meeting that the participation of delegations from Asia-Pacific countries in the Forum would contribute to the joint development of mutually beneficial tools for cooperation in the Russian Far East.

    The meeting also saw the announcement of the key events on the EEF 2016 cultural programme.

    “In Vladivostok, everything is set for an event of the highest calibre”, Igor Pavlov remarked.

    The presentation was attended by ambassadors from Brunei, Malaysia and New Zealand and representatives of diplomatic missions from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    The Eastern Economic Forum 2016 will be held in Vladivostok on 2–3 September. The venue will be the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) campus on Russky Island.

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  • 1st Conference on the economic development of the Arctic (within the framework of the SPIEF 2016)

    The Arctic Welcomes Other Regions panel session took place as part of the Conference on the Economic Development of the Arctic. The Arctic’s environment calls for specifically designed technologies, products, and services, as well as a special template for cooperation between the various regional players. Cooperation between different regions of the Arctic and beyond must play a central role in this process. The economic and scientific potential of Russia’s regions must be used to their fullest extent in order to meet the challenges facing the Arctic.

    Key issues discussed at the session: 

    · Inter-regional cooperation for Arctic development

    · Investment prospects for non-Arctic regions contributing to Arctic development

    · The scientific and industrial potential of non-Arctic regions in relation to Arctic exploration

    ·  Arctic projects in business development strategies

    The sessions participants noted that Russia is the leading power of the Arctic region and it historically faces the strategic task of the Arctic’s comprehensive exploration.

    The key factor in the successful Arctic exploration is the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the corresponding sea port and aviation infrastructure from Arkhangelsk to Chukotka.

    Currently, the NSR lacks a unified systemic management which in the future will make it difficult to fit the NSR into international transportation corridors (North–South, the Silk Road, the Trans-Siberian Railway, Central Asia – the Black Sea). Today, the NSR is inefficient, but we must think about the future and look beyond the horizon through the prism of geopolitics.

    Recently, the Arctic infrastructure has not been renovated, and it is rather obsolete. It has a negative impact on living in the high altitudes, and, as a consequence, population of one-company-towns and settlements continues drain away. What must be created is a modern environment-control system which takes into account the experiences of Norway, Denmark, and Alaska. Support provided to native minorities is also decreasing.

    Given the strategic interests of the Arctic nations, they put forward the “No population – no territory” slogan and get their “ecological troops” ready.

    Another negative factor is Russia’s lacking the coordination of all the incredibly huge work that needs to be done on the socioeconomic development of the Russian Arctic. Other Arctic countries do not have such a common instrument either.

    The lack of a unified long-term state policy in the Arctic does not allow for a systematic and focused solution to the problem of renovating the entire Arctic zone infrastructure such as the Arctic aviation, Arctic sea ports, electric power (floating NPPs), modern living accommodation (modular housing).

    Problems of the native minorities are a separate issue. We must look forward for 30–50 years to understand the best ways to develop their traditional economy and education. Such systemic managerial recommendations do not exist.

    There are no doubts that a federal executive body in charge of developing the entire Arctic region must be formed. It will allow to significantly increase coordination and efficiency of the work done. The government of the Russian Federation should appoint a special Prime Minister for the area.

    Currently operative individual laws, strategies, concepts, and regulations on the Arctic do not meet today’s challenges and Russia’s strategic goals in the region. We need a special Arctic zone law, or, better yet, “The Polar Code” to maintain the balance of interests of all the people employed in the Arctic.

    It is wonderful that these days, the St. Petersburg Plant launched the world’s most powerful ice-breaker which can break the ice of up to 2.8 metres thick, and in the future, 35 more ice-breakers of different classes will be built.

    Of particular importance is the issue of training the necessary personnel and employing them long-term in the Arctic zone. Already today it is clear that we must create centres for study and research and regional educational centres in all of Russia’s northern regions. We must shape our young generation’s both educational and intellectual potential. Enthusiasts go to work in the North. These issues must be solved via multilateral international cooperation and via cooperation between Russian regions.

    It is necessary to enhance Russia’s information presence in the Arctic by creating an investment projects map.

    To implement large-scale projects, it is also necessary to create the Arctic Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

  • 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

    On June 16–18, the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was held, bringing together more than 12,000 participants from 133 countries, including media representatives and accompanying persons.

    Heads of states, government officials, and executives from leading international companies and organizations gathered in St. Petersburg for the largest business event of the year.

    Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov highlighted the Forum’s significance. “The Forum’s most important outcome is that it has once again confirmed its reputation as one of the largest, most respected, and desperately needed platforms in the world for direct and open discussion between representatives of the state, the business community, academia, and the expert circles from around the world of the current challenges facing the global economy and financial sector. The number of Forum participants continues to grow year after year: another testament to Russia’s enduring role as a crucial global business and finance hub. We highly value the interest and, more importantly, the trust of Forum partners, guests, and participants.”

    More: http://forumspb.com/en/2016/sections/22/materials/196/news/574

  • Russian Forum of small and medium business (within the SPIEF 2016)

    On June 5, 2016, for the first time within the scope of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an Inter-regional Forum in the Russia – countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) format was held. The event was organised by UNIDO (the Organisation for Industrial Development) in conjunction with the Roscongress Foundation.

    The moderator of the panel session “CARICOM + CARIBBEAN” was Carlos Ernesto Chanduvi Suarez, Chief of the Latin America and Caribbean Division UNIDO.

    The participants in the session presented their countries and the opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia in various economic spheres.

    The Republic of Haiti was presented by Jessy Petit-Frère, Minister of Commerce and Industry; Republic of Guyana by Ms. Uchenna Samantha Gibson, Senior Export Promotion Officer; Dominican Republic by Ms. Anyelin Montero de los Santos, Deputy General Director of the Dominican Republic Center of Export and Investment (CEI-RD); Cuba  by Ms. Vivian Herrera Sid, General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX); Republic of Suriname by Sieglien Burleson, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic.

    The speakers noted such common problems as:

    – lack of export strategies under the new conditions, of the requisite administrative structures and experience of implementing such strategies. Russia should also have a strategy in relation to these countries. These tasks are important for both sides;

    – transport and logistics problems: lack of the required hubs (there is one only in Miami; the small volumes of product exports mean they cannot be sent directly; the distance is over 10 thousand Km and it takes 17–25 days to deliver them via the ports of Hamburg, Rotterdam and St. Petersburg);

    – the need to set up a special Representation in Moscow of the countries of Latin America of Centre for Logistics and Trade in consideration not only of the Russian market but also that of the CIS;

    – Russia needs to establish Trade Houses in the countries of Latin America and the latter in Russia and the CIS.

    The common opinion was expressed by representative of Haiti E.E. Petit-Frère: “We can achieve good results with respect to many goods if we can combine our countries’ strategies. We want to know what Russia needs and we have everything we need for realising our opportunities”.

    According to the participants, the meeting facilitated exchange of the necessary information about opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America to export to Russia.

    Information:

    The Caribbean Community or CARICOM is a trade and economic union of countries in the Caribbean region.

    There are 15 full members of the Caribbean Community and common market: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Montserrat.

  • RUSSIA’S REGIONS: NEW AREAS OF GROWTH in the Central Federal District

    On May 26, 2016, Tula played host to the fifth visiting session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’, arranged by the Roscongress Foundation in association with the Russian Export Centre (REC) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). The event was held with the assistance of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC) and EY.

    The discussion focused on the search and promotion of new investment and export projects in the Russian Federation, their impact on the comprehensive growth of the economy of Russian regions, and instruments to generate foreign investments. Special attention was paid to the competitive edge of the regions of the Central Federal District, promotion of Russian goods and services in foreign markets, and facilitation of their access to international markets.

    Attending the event were Alexei Dyumin, Acting Governor of the Tula Region, Peter Fradkov, CEO at the Russian Export Centre, Alexei Komissarov, CEO at the Industry Development Fund, Alexander Stuglev, CEO at the Roscongress Foundation, Vera Adayeva, Deputy CEO for Priority Projects at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Aide to the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District Alexander Piskunov, Yelena Zosimova, head of Cargill Russia, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government & Public Group in the CIS Olga Arkhangelskaya.

    The session featured a briefing of the Russian Export Centre on financial and non-financial support for exporters provided by the Centre on a one-stop-shop basis, and the ‘Marketing of Territories’ briefing session.

    According to Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee, SPIEF sessions in Russian constituent entities are action-oriented activities designed to provide practical assistance to regions in their work to promote territories and attract domestic and foreign investors in order to implement major projects. “We are going to continue to develop the format of visiting SPIEF sessions with a view to improving the effectiveness of the implementation of the economic and investment capacity of Russian constituent entities,” he said.

    So far, SPIEF has had visiting sessions in the Volga, Ural, South, and Central Federal Districts. More than 1,200 people have been involved in the events.

    The Tula meeting became the concluding event in the cycle of visiting sessions ahead of the jubilee 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will take place on June 16–18, 2016 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, its central theme being ‘Capitalizing on the New Global Economic Reality’. The SPIEF will for the first time feature the exhibitions SPIEF Investment Projects and SPIEF Business Expo, which offer the best networking opportunities for prospective investors and companies.

    Additional information is available on the official SPIEF website www.forumspb.com.

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  • ASEAN — Russia Business Forum

    The Forum offered an excellent opportunity for a constructive exchange of opinion between leading representatives from business, politics, civil society, and the expert communities of Russia and ASEAN member states. In addition to focusing on key issues related to cooperation in trade, economics, investment, and technology, the event enabled participants to further expand business contacts.

  • Conoscere Eurasia Seminars

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of technological innovation, tourism, and agriculture.

     

    Further information:

     

    Association Conoscere Eurasia:

    http://www.conoscereeurasia.it

     

    +39 045 802 09 04 (Verona)

    +7 495 411 80 80 (Moscow)

     

    info@forumverona.com;

    cooperation@roscongress.org

  • With the support of the Roscongress Foundation – InvestRus International Conference on Securing Investment Growth in Russia

    The objective of the Conference is to analyse legal compliance practices and develop recommendations for improving current standards and regulations in order to foster investment supply and demand in Russia.

    TheInvestRus Conferenceis an open platform for direct dialogue between lawmakers and the business community. The event is attended by government officials, members of the Russian and international business communities, experts, and investment company executives.

  • Russia–Latin America Business and Media Forum

    Russia – Latin America Business and Media Forum took place in Montevideo (Uruguay) on March 28–29, 2016. It was organised by the Roscongress Foundation and the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas. Supporting organizations were the Uruguay Government, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of Economic Development, of Telecom and Mass Communications, of Energy, of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation.

    The Russia – Latin America Business Forum brought to the table representatives of public authorities, business and expert communities. The following participants were among them: Sergei Dankvert, Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russian Chapters of Intergovernmental Commissions between Russia and Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador; Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; Demyan Smilevets, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation; Raúl Fernando Sendic Rodriguez, Vice President, Oriental Republic of Uruguay; Tabaré Aguerre, Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries of Uruguay; Sergei Krivolapov, President, ROSATOM América Latina; Manuel García Solá, General Director, Centro Genético del Litoral; Sergei Brilev, expert of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Deputy Director of the Russia TV Channel.

    Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committees of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum, stated: “Political and business elites of Latin America and the Caribbean express very strong interest in collaborating with Russia, structuring the dialogue on the basis of mutual trust and respect for one another’s interests, promotion and enhancement of trade and economic cooperation. In this context, the Russia – Latin America Business and Media Forum has demonstrated that such major business events as the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum are viewed here as the most effective platforms for establishing and maintaining direct contacts with Russian and international business communities.”

    The scope of the Forum included plenary sessions entitled ‘International Cooperation: Joining Efforts to Improve Energy Efficiency and Develop the Power Industry’ and ‘Russia–Latin America. New Opportunities for Agricultural Cooperation’, as well as a media session ‘The Global Political and Economic Environment: The Russian and Latin-American Viewpoint’.

    During the plenary session, the participants discussed the prospects for cooperation between Russia and Latin American countries and the opportunities emerging from the Eurasian integration processes for strengthening collaboration between countries, with a special focus on trade, economic and investment partnerships, support for Russian and Latin American business at the international level, and the search for new project finance models under today’s conditions.
    Forum participants discussed new horizons for agricultural cooperation at a separate session. Other important discussion topics were greater energy efficiency and the development of the countries of Latin America.

    “Russia is today drawing up a serious agenda on the energy market. We have managed to form a strong infrastructure and acquire unique technological competences. The growth demonstrated by the Latin American countries will require collaboration through alliances for development of various projects that might constitute a firm foundation for further collaboration,” Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Anton Inyutsyn stressed at the Forum.
    During the media session ‘The Global Political and Economic Environment: The Russian and Latin-American Viewpoint’, the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas presented a report on the situation on the Southern Cone commercial aviation market and the prospects for the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ). In addition, a Spanish version of the Valdai Club report ‘War and Peace in the 21st Century’ and Russia Beyond The Headlines project media partners’ reports were also presented during this session.

    At the event, many participants – official delegates – received personal invitations to continue the dialogue at the 20th anniversary St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 16–18, 2016.

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  • New Approaches in the Russian Economy: Localization and Innovations (special SPIEF session at the Boao Forum for Asia)

    On March 23, 2016 the St. Petersburg International Economic Form held a panel session entitled “New approaches in the Russian economy: localization and innovations” organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Boao Forum for Asia, as part of a programme of events abroad.

    The session focused on aspects of the development of bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. China is a leading trade and economic partner for Russia. Trade between the countries from January to September 2015 amounted to USD 50.03756 billion, with Russian exports to China accounting for USD 24.82461 billion, and imports at USD 25.21295 billion. Russia’s key exports are mineral fuels, oil and oil products, timber, non-ferrous metals, chemical products and crude ore.

    Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation pointed out that “In order to be able to compete with foreign products inside Russia, we need to do so outside Russia as well; otherwise this would not be open competition, as our business is constrained by barriers raised on other markets. For example, the cost of some merchandise groups is lower here than in China. Apart from openness and competition, investment and better management are also needed.”

    During the event, which was attended by government representatives and members of the business and expert communities, issues concerning the development of domestic production were extensively discussed. Participants evaluated business opportunities at a time of digital revolution, and examined new approaches to organizing joint projects. Special attention was given to developing potential for collaborating in Russia and China’s innovative and entrepreneurial sectors. The dialogue on bilateral partnership will continue at the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which is to be held on June 16–18, 2016.

    Commenting on the outcome of the event, Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum Organizing Committee, noted that the event was constructive, having led to a number of agreements on further fostering partnership with the Chinese representatives during Russia’s leading economic forums, SPIEF and the EEF. “We expect the Chinese delegation to be widely represented at our country’s major economic forums. Our Chinese colleagues are showing a great deal of activity and interest in these events. On our part, we are also aiming for a continued and steady expansion of our bilateral partnership and the progression of Russian–Chinese relations, in light of new market conditions,” Kobyakov concluded.

    About:

    The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is an international economics and business event, which each year attracts over 10,000 political and business leaders, leading scientists, public figures and members of the media from all over the world to discuss the most pressing issues facing Russia and the global community. The 20th edition of SPIEF will take place on June 16–18, 2016, at a new venue, the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The Boao Forum for Asia is an international forum, bringing together government, business, and academic representatives from Asia and other continents to discuss economic growth in Asia and around the world. The Forum aims to strengthen Asia’s regional economic integration.

    In March 2015 a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Boao Forum for Asia.

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  • Southern Russia: New Areas of Growth (SPIEF session in Krasnodar)

    On March 16, 2016, Krasnodar hosted the third St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) session in the series ‘Southern Russia: New Areas of Growth’. The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Russian Export Center and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, and held in association with the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council and EY.

    During the session, which was attended by representatives of government and members of the business and expert communities, strategies to expand investment opportunities and develop the export potential of the Southern Federal District were extensively discussed.

    In the opinion of Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee, SPIEF regional sessions are of great practical importance in developing the investment potential of Russia’s regions.

    “Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth is a unique and popular series of events which seeks to improve the economic and investment potential of Russian regions. Participants in these sessions gain access to a wide range of consulting services provided by highly qualified investment experts, are afforded the opportunity to receive an expert evaluation of regional projects in terms of their investment and export appeal, and are given practical recommendations for further promotion of such projects”, he said.

    As part of the event, a briefing on the Russian Export Center was held, centred around the financial and non-financial forms of support provided to exporters through the ‘single window’ model. There was also a briefing on ‘Marketing a Region’.

    The participants discussed further issues relating to the development of small and medium-sized business in the region, improving the local investment climate, and diversifying the methods used to attract foreign investment into the regional and Russian economy.

    Practical advice on how to improve the region’s ranking in the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index was also given. During the session, information was provided about ways to participate in the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (to be held on June 16–18, 2016).

  • Conoscere Eurasia Seminars

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of high-tech innovation, tourism, and fashion.

  • Conoscere Eurasia Seminars

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of religion, culture, tourism, and agriculture.

  • Conoscere Eurasia Seminars

    The seminars, held under the slogan ‘Russia–Italy: the Art of Innovation’ as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum promotional campaign between February and April 2016 in four regions of Italy, are jointly organized by Conoscere Eurasia, a non-profit organization based in Verona, Italy, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event series is designed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of finance, science, technology, and industry.

  • Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth (SPIEF session in Yekaterinburg)

    The second field session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum entitled “Russia’s regions: new areas of growth” took place in Yekaterinburg on February 10, 2016, attended by government officials, business people and experts.

    The participants discussed ways to showcase effectively the investment and export potential of the Urals Federal District at major international events, such as the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum taking place in St. Petersburg on June 16–18.
    According to Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov, such events are of considerable practical importance for development of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, particularly under the existing economic circumstances.

     “The “Russia’s regions: new areas of growth” cycle of sessions is of major practical value and is not a goal in and of itself. What’s important for us is to give practical assistance to the regions in promoting their territories and attracting big Russian and foreign investors into key investment projects. Hopefully, successful implementation of the initiatives announced will benefit both individual regions and the nation as a whole as much as possible,” Anton Kobyakov said.
    The field session also covered development of small and medium-sized businesses and improvement of regions’ investment appeal. The participants received hands-on advice on how to improve their standing in the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index, which is used today to assess the work of regional officials to create conditions facilitating and aiding business development.

    The series of field sessions is organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the organizer of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, jointly with the Russian Export Centre and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and with support from the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia and EY. A total of six such events are scheduled through the end of April 2016 in various Russian federal districts.

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  • Special presentation on the anniversary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum, attended by ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions of Latin American and Caribbean countries

    On February 5, 2016, a special presentation on the anniversary year of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum took place at the Mansion of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. Those present included ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The event was organized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Roscongress Foundation.

    The event was attended by the ambassadors of 11 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru); representatives of the diplomatic missions of Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela; and members of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SPIEF and EEF organizing committees.

    Alexander Stuglev, CEO of the Roscongress Foundation, gave a detailed account of the opportunities offered by SPIEF 2016 and EEF 2016 with regard to creating an effective dialogue between the business communities of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Russia. Particular attention was given to the new venue for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. In its 20th anniversary year, the Forum is offering a number of special new developments for participants alongside the traditional setup: SPIEF Business Expo, SPIEF Investment Projects, and foreign country lounges.

    The meeting with the ambassadors marked an initial step towards establishing direct links with business leaders in Latin America. This initiative will continue in Uruguay as part of Business Forum “Russia – Latin America”. Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum Organizing Committee, said that increasing economic cooperation with the countries of Latin America is a priority for Russia: “Today our Latin American partners are showing substantial interest in building dialogue at Russia’s leading economic forums – the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Eastern Economic Forum. I firmly believe that this interaction will facilitate further expansion of Russian–Latin American relations and increase the potential for trade and economic cooperation between our countries.”

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  • Fulfilling the Indian–Russian Economic Promise (regional SPIEF event in New Delhi, India)

    On January 30, 2016, two St. Petersburg International Economic Forum panel sessions on bilateral relations between Russia and India took place in New Delhi: “Fulfilling the Indian–Russian economic promise” and “BRICS growth agenda: investment hot spots in Russia”. It was the first time that SPIEF sessions had been held at The Global Business Summit. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi greeted the members of the Russian delegation in person. The delegation consisted of Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister of the Republic of Mordovia Vladimir Mazov, and Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Bashkortostan Sergey Novikov.

    The panel discussions were organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Times of India media group. The first panel session, entitled “Fulfilling the Indian–Russian economic promise,” focused on issues related to developing and broadening economic ties, as well as collaboration in energy, health care, IT, and environmental protection. Taking part in the debate were Corporate Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Marina Korotaeva; Vice-President of AFK Sistema Andrey Terebenin; Vice-President of SUN Group Shiv Vikram Khemka; CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited Praveer Sinha; Vice-President of Inspur Technologies India Verinder Aggarwal; and Chairperson of New Delhi’s Institute of Social Sciences, George Matthew. Presiding over the discussion was Founder and Managing Editor of Frontier Funds, Gavin Serkin.

    “Our cooperation has made advances in healthcare, education and pharmaceuticals. Ties between universities should be built too: India must have more centres for Russian studies,” observed George Matthew, Chairperson of the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi.

    During the session entitled “BRICS growth agenda: investment hot spots in Russia,” organized in conjunction with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), there were presentations about projects in the republics of Bashkortostan and Mordovia, the Kostroma and Penza regions, and the Russian Far East.

    Commenting on the outcome of the event, Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee, said that the meetings were held in an impressive, business-like way. “The event was certainly a constructive one. Participants discussed the prospects for bilateral cooperation between our countries, and the practical plans for an expansion of our economic ties,” said Anton Kobyakov. “In particular, we touched upon issues related to the holding of the upcoming 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Some useful proposals were put forward, including those related to the preparation of the programme for the Forum.”

    After the panel events in New Delhi, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the Eastern Economic Forum (represented by the Roscongress Foundation) was signed. SPIEF and the CII have been working together since 2012. The document was signed with a view to increasing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of promoting and organizing major congresses and exhibitions of international scope.

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  • Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth (SPIEF session in Nizhny Novgorod)

    On December 24, 2015, Nizhny Novgorod hosted the first in a series of events under the title ‘Russia’s regions: new growth areas’, organized by the Roscongress Foundation (the organizers of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum) in partnership with the Russian Export Center (REC) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), with the support of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia and EY.

    Participants attending the event included:

    • Alsu Gaynutdinova, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the Volga Federal District
    • Valery Shantsev, Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region
    • Andrey Nikitin, CEO, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
    • Peter Fradkov, CEO, Russian Export Center
    • Alexander Stuglev, Director, Roscongress Foundation
    • Valentina Fedoseeva, Partner, EY
    • Irina Bakhtina, Vice President for Sustainable Business & Comms, Unilever in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Israel and the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa; representative of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council; coordinator of the working group on technical regulations and elimination of administrative barriers at the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia.

    The participants discussed how to identify and develop regional projects with investment appeal and export potential, as well as prospects for increasing cooperation between regional companies and Russian and foreign investors.

    According to Alsu Gaynutdinova, the current economic climate offers a number of unique opportunities for identifying new ‘growth areas’ capable of actively attracting investment and using it to stimulate growth in science, manufacturing, society, and the economy.
    Valery Shantsev, Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region, said: “Over the past year, not one investor has pulled out of Nizhny Novgorod Region. We are purposefully creating an investment-friendly setting. Current projects in the region have a total investment value of more than RUB 5.76 billion.”

    Andrey Nikitin, CEO, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, was also very positive about the potential of Nizhny Novgorod Region: “Nizhny Novgorod, at both the city and regional levels, has excellent prospects thanks to the ‘entrepreneurial climate’ in place here: trust between business and government, as well as a focus on ironing out administrative barriers, human resources, and technologies.”

    Peter Fradkov, CEO, Russian Export Center, commented: “REC experts will be able to establish a direct dialogue with the region’s business community, in order to learn, in detail, about the difficulties faced by manufacturers in rolling out their products to the global market. Exporters, in turn, will find out about the kinds of support mechanisms which the REC can offer.”

    Following the session in the Volga Federal District, work will be done to choose investment projects that may be presented at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (June 16–18, 2016).

    “The St. Petersburg Forum brings together potential investors seeking suitable projects and representatives of companies seeking investors. We see it as our task to help them meet and to create the best possible conditions for their cooperation to develop, including at the Forum’s SPIEF Investment Projects and SPIEF Business Expo exhibitions”, said Alexander Stuglev, Director of the Roscongress Foundation.

    Seven sessions in the ‘Russia’s regions: New growth areas’ series are scheduled to be held in various federal districts by the end of April 2016.

  • 4th ENES International Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation

    The International Forum on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation is the most significant event organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the field of energy efficiency. It serves as a professional business platform, bringing together energy company executives and government officials.

    The ENES 2015 programme focused on three main areas: energy efficiency and energy conservation, developing Russia’s electricity industry, and expanding international cooperation in the energy sphere.

    On November 21, the Forum hosted Youth Day: the most important youth event in the energy efficiency field. Youth Day participants had a chance to meet young energy leaders from all corners of Russia, learn about the best youth-oriented projects undertaken by energy companies, and present their own cutting-edge science and technology projects and concepts.

  • 6th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

    The Session was attended by government officials from the states which are party to the Convention. Delegations included heads and representatives of various state authorities involved in combatting corruption. International and non-profit organizations were also invited to participate.

  • Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show

    The Forum was held at the VDNH: the world’s largest exhibit, museum, and recreation complex and one of the most popular public spaces in Moscow.

    Open Innovations, Russia’s leading international-level technology convention, offered an exceptional opportunity for communication between innovators, corporations, scientists, industry experts, and government officials, all dealing with the most significant trends in technology and their impact on the economy and society.

    The event emphasized presentation and content delivery formats characteristic of global technology conventions: master classes, workshops, lectures, debates, and presentations. The Forum’s central theme, ‘Humanity in the Center of the Technological Revolution’, was explored over the course of five days. Each day was focused on one key aspect of human life that is changing under the influence of technology: productivity, habitat, health, education, and entertainment.

    The 2015 Forum also hosted the Open Innovations Show: an international technology exhibition designed for an extremely diverse audience and showcasing groundbreaking technologies in various fields, from robotics and biotechnology to data processing and artificial intelligence.

  • 4th Eurasian Forum in Verona

    The theme of the Forum was ‘Together towards new political dialogue and an innovative approach to economic relations’. Discussions were focused on various aspects of cooperation “from Lisbon to Vladivostok”, including issues related to innovative companies and startups, alternative energy sources, the environment, infrastructure, and the agricultural industry. Forum participants examined various possible scenarios for partnership between Eurasian countries and looming geopolitical shifts. Time and time again, Forum speakers noted that not a single Italian company had left the Russian market, and that despite the current challenges, the prospects for new joint projects and a new era of international cooperation were clear.

  • Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum: Small Business – Big Opportunities (part of SPIEF 2015)

    Relevant topics for Russian small- and medium-sized businesses were discussed on June 17, 2015 as part of four discussion platforms held in a roundtable format in the run-up to SPIEF 2015.

    The key themes of the Russian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum included: the potential of small business, demand for the products and services of small enterprises, government procurements; administrative and legal regulation, improvements to tax legislation and the elimination of administrative barriers; innovative and industrial small business and infrastructure for business; financial resources for small- and medium-sized business and investments in small business.

    Each theme is an integral part of an entrepreneur’s daily life. It was noted during the discussion that the government is by no means utilising the full potential of the country’s small- and medium-sized businesses, while administrative ‘over-regulation’ along with the tax and other burdens are rather high. Recommendations were given during the discussions to focus on results and not on processes.

    The Forum participants suggested developing a development strategy for small and medium entrepreneurship (SME) and the establishment of a SME Development Corporation that would coordinate work on all problematic areas: legal regulation, the tax sphere, administrative barriers, financial and credit incentives, innovations, education and more.

    It was suggested establishing centres in the regions to support business and coordinate measures of government support.

    The presentations given by the Forum participants were devoted to the importance of enhancing the role of SME in the development and restructuring of the Russian economy. A proposal was made to enhance the status of public organizations of entrepreneurs and their role in establishing a domestic business environment.

    One of the main challenges was formulated at the Forum – the establishment of a competitive environment and a market for innovative products. It was noted that there big business has no economic, tax or other incentives to start cooperating with small- and medium-sized businesses. The country’s economy cannot develop without the development of the real sector.

    The moderators presented the recommendations made at the roundtables at a plenary session of the Forum devoted to the decisions of the State Council of the Russian Federation and new opportunities for small and medium entrepreneurship.

  • SCO and BRICS Financial Forum

    SCO Business Forum

    St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 has played host to the business forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) for the first time. The business forum addressed the current agenda and long-range objectives of the SCO member states.

    It was noted in keynote speeches that the SCO was created to ensure trust along the borders of the member states and that its chief priority was to ensure regional security and stability by drawing on the potential of political and diplomatic measures, which called for substantive additions via the programme of trade and economic engagement. In 2005, the SCO Business Council and SCO Interbank Association were established.

    The emergence of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) necessitates a new formula for trade and economic engagement.

    Work must be done to align the concepts of trade and economic cooperation between the SCO member states, the new integration bloc – the Eurasian Economic Union – and the concept of the economic belt proposed by China President Xi Jinping around the projects New Silk Road and 21st Century Maritime Silk Route. These projects implement the idea of an Eastern China–Western Europe transport corridor.

    The SCO member states supported the New Silk Road project and founded the Asian Bank and Infrastructure Investment Fund. The SCO Bank will also support joint infrastructure projects. Settlements between the member states could be made in national currencies, bypassing European and American banks. To this end, engagement and alignment of the national payment systems must be ensured.

    Small and medium-sized business could be involved in these projects.

    On July 10, 2015, the SCO development concept for up to 2025 is expected to be adopted at the next SCO summit in Ufa, and, in December 2015, some 70 projects within the framework of trade and economic cooperation between the member states will be submitted to the meeting of SCO country prime ministers in Beijing.

    Another relevant challenge is to align the interests of the SCO and the EEU. This calls for creation of a barrier-free environment for implementing the strategies of the SCO and EEU member states. In order to reduce the implementation period for specific projects, stakeholders need to establish a project development centre and introduce digital services for increasing the effectiveness of all processes. The SCO Interbank Association proposed creating an International Project Financing Centre.

    A centre for legal consultations and settlement of commercial disputes should be established as part of the campaign to improve collaboration mechanisms, alongside the SCO Regional Council as a platform for small and medium-sized business. The first interregional SME forum of the SCO member states is scheduled to take place in Ufa in October 2015.

    Moderator: Sergei Katyrin, Chairman of the Russian Section of the SCO Business Council; President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

    BRICS Business Forum

    For the first time, the BRICS Business Forum has been held as part of SPIEF. Businessmen and Russian officials took part in the forum, discussing the current situation and the prospects for developing cooperation among the BRICS member states.   

    Establishment of BRICS creates a new window and new opportunities for all member states. Today, BRICS reflects the potential of the future. The aggregate indicators of the bloc’s share in the world economy are rising by the year.

    Since 2008, BRICS has been a political reality; in 2012, the BRICS Business Council was established and, in 2014, the BRICS Development Bank and Currency Reserve Fund.

    The newly established BRICS Development Bank will need to cooperate closely with the banks of the BRICS member states, to become a financial centre for settlements in national currencies. The bloc’s nations need to protect their resources and independence against external currencies. Real rapprochement and development of economies is only possible on the basis of national currencies.

    In 2014, Russia submitted a proposal on the BRICS economic partnership strategy, outlining growth points and targeted sectors for mutually beneficial cooperation and development.

    Russia’s roadmap includes 50 varying projects that may be implemented on a multilateral basis. One of them is the project to develop e-commerce tools aimed at boosting trade, investment exchange and a search for growth points.

    A roadmap for the BRICS Development Bank is being developed. The market of the BRICS countries is huge. Trade is growing but businessmen from the different countries do not know each other well yet. New mechanisms of cooperation are needed, such as a united organization for trade and exhibitions providing for direct contacts between businessmen. Such contacts should lead to joint projects and new business opportunities. Small and medium-sized businesses will also be involved in carrying out promising projects. Particular attention must be paid to the needs of such businesses.

    Through joint efforts, global projects can be implemented like the Great Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road offered by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping with a view to creating an international Europe–Asia economic belt and the transport logistics corridor from China to Europe. To implement these projects, an infrastructure development concept is required and its integration with the infrastructure of the BRICS nations. Something has already been done in this respect: the Trans-Siberian Railway and Trans-Korean Railway. It is necessary to work not only in the interests of national markets but also in those of third countries.

    To remove the existing administrative barriers (customs and technical regulation, insurance, visa regulations, staff issues, etc.), a special taskforce should be set up within the framework of the BRICS Business Council.

    In order to enhance cooperation, there are plans to create a Council of the regions of BRICS nations. The memorandum on this has been drafted by Russia’s Foreign Ministry and is being agreed with the member states.

    The role of the systemic platform for all BRICS business participants can be played by the First Interregional Forum of the Small and Mid-Sized Businesses of the SCO and BRICS nations, which will be held in Ufa in October 2015.

    The mutual information vacuum must be liquidated through business missions, expositions and exhibitions. A consultative council for exhibitions is required for this.

    BRICS has a unique opportunity for accelerated joint development of its economies. The BRICS Development Bank should invest actively in joint projects.

    In 2016, Moscow State University opens a branch in China to prepare specialists for implementing the grand projects of the 21st century.

    Moderator:
    Sergei Katyrin, Chairman of the Russian Section of the SCO Business Council; President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

  • 24th International Banking Congress

    The theme of the 2015 Congress was ‘The Financial Industry: Challenges and Solutions’. Representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma, and the Government of the Russian Federation, as well as the Bank of Russia, international financial institutions, national central banks and foreign state banking and financial watchdogs, Russian and international banks, banking associations, auditing firms, consulting and IT companies, and academia discussed the pressing issues facing the financial industry.

  • St. Petersburg Spatial Development Forum: Harmony of Versatility

    The St. Petersburg Spatial Development Forum is the embodiment of an idea to create an international platform for developing effective sustainable urban development strategies tailored to meet the challenges of today’s world. Best practices developed by cities around the world which are home to sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List are especially pertinent to St. Petersburg.

  • With the support of the SPIEF Foundation – 2nd International InvestRus Conference: Investment 2015. Choosing Russia!

    This annual event is held under the auspices of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma and with the support of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council.

    Heads of federal and regional government bodies and representatives from manufacturing companies, banks and investment funds, expert organizations, financial institutions, development institutions, and so on all attended the Conference.

    Key topics discussed at the event included mutual investments between Eurasian Economic Union member states, improving legislation, best practices developed by various regions to attract capital, and the new economic realities.

  • Investment Roundtable: Cultivating Deeper Russian–Chinese Cooperation in Developing the Metallurgy Sector

    n December 16, 2014 the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China hosted a roundtable meeting ‘Cultivating Deeper Russia-Chinese Co-operation in Developing the Metallurgy Sector’, organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the National Development and Reform Commission of China. Igor Koval, Director of the Department for Investment Policy and Development of Public–Private Partnership at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and Liu Hongkuan, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission’s department of foreign capital and overseas investment, moderated the event, which was attended by more than 40 representatives of the two countries’ business communities.

    The roundtable meeting was held within the scope of the Intergovernmental Russian–Chinese Investment Cooperation Commission. The Commission Secretariat has reached an agreement to hold three more roundtable meetings in 2015 to address various sectors of the two economies.

    According to Igor Koval, in January–October 2014, Russia’s non-ferrous metals production index amounted to 100% of the same period in 2013. The output of precious metals and high added value products went up by 6.2% year-on-year in January–October 2014, showing better dynamics than production of non-ferrous metals.

    He noted that Russian iron and steel companies had remained global market leaders, as cast iron output had increased by 2.2% year-on-year in January–October 2014, steel output by 1.9%, rolled ferrous metal products by 2.8% and steel pipe output by 10.1%.

    Furthermore, the Department Director mentioned bilateral investment engagement, including within the framework of the Intergovernmental Russian–Chinese Investment Cooperation Commission, noting the importance for both countries of supporting the 32 projects approved by the Commission in September 2014.

    To conclude the event, Igor Koval invited the participants in the roundtable meeting to visit the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which is also expected to organize an industry roundtable.

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  • Russian–Korean ‘Welcome to the Far East’ Economic Forum

    On December 9, the Russian-Korean “Welcome to the Far East” Economic Forum was held in Seoul. The Forum was organized by the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Korea, the Korea International Trade Association and the Korean-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    The Forum, supported by the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District and Co-Chairman of the Russian-Korean Intergovernmental Commission Yury Trutnev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister for Development of the Russian Far East Mikhail Shereikin, as well as over 400 Russian and South Korean business representatives and governor-led delegations from nine Russian regions.

    Speaking at the event, the Deputy Minister talked about the measures being taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to improve the investment climate and simplify the conditions for doing business between the two countries. He also mentioned the results that had already been achieved.

    Stanislav Voskresensky noted that the Russian side was interested in attracting South Korean investments into modernizing the manufacturing, services and agriculture industries and creating a state-of-the-art manufacturing base. He also stressed that a priority of state policy is to support investments in infrastructure, particularly to increase the flow of direct foreign investments in Russia through public-private partnerships.

  • ENES 2014 Forum

    The ENES Forum is the most significant event organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the field of energy efficiency. It serves as a professional business platform, bringing together energy company executives and government officials. ENES 2014 Forum participants had a chance to discuss the mechanisms involved in implementing the Energy Efficiency and Energy Sector Development state programme, to outline paths towards lowering energy consumption in various branches of industry, and to learn about the best energy conservation practices developed by leading countries. The Forum is designed to promote energy conservation policies at the international, federal, regional, and municipal levels.

  • 23rd International Banking Congress

    The theme of the Congress was ‘New Realities in Banking’. The event served as a platform for discussing the pressing issues facing the banking sector, including inflation targeting; measures to strengthen structural and prudential regulation, such as the Basel III standards; post-crisis initiatives implemented by national regulatory authorities; regulation of systemically important financial institutions; changes in bank business models; regulation of parallel (shadow) banking to minimize regulatory arbitrage; approaches to restructuring or liquidating financial organizations, including bail-in mechanisms; and electronic and cash transaction mechanisms, including ‘private’ payment systems.

    IBC-2014 welcomed Federation Council, State Duma, and Russian government officials, as well as representatives from the Bank of Russia, international financial institutions, national central banks, foreign state banking and financial watchdogs, Russian and international banks, banking associations, auditing firms, consulting and IT companies, and academia.

  • With the support of the SPIEF Foundation – InvestRus International Conference on Securing Investment Growth in Russia

    The event was held under the auspices of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia. Heads of federal and regional government bodies and representatives from manufacturing companies, banks and investment funds, expert organizations, financial institutions, development institutions, and companies providing support services all attended the Conference.

    Participants included Governor of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Sergey Belyakov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov, and others.

  • 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum: Opening New Areas for Russian–Japanese Investment Cooperation

    Thirteen agreements and memoranda signed at 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum

    On March 19, 2014, the 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum opened in Tokyo. The event was jointly hosted in Tokyo (Japan) by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. The Russian Ministry of Agriculture also took part in the event, which was sponsored by the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation and the All Russia Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia).

    More than 1,000 delegates took part in the 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum, including leaders of major national corporations from both countries, business associations, and representatives from the regions and prefectures of Russia and Japan.

    Alexey Likhachev, Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development led the Russian delegation (which included more than 250 people). The Japanese delegation (with more than 700 people) was led by Hideo Suzuki, Director General of the Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

    The business programme included a panel session entitled ‘Improving the investment climate in Russia and opening new areas for investment cooperation between Russia and Japan’. Participants in the session included Igor Sechin, President of Rosneft; Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan; Ilya Shestakov, Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Yury Lisin, First Vice President of Transneft; and Konstantin Ryzhkov, Director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. The Japanese participants included Masahiro Sakane, lead representative of public-private partnerships in the sphere of promoting Russian-Japanese relations and Senior Advisor at Komatsu Ltd; Masami Iijima, Representative Director, President and Chairman of the Board, Mitsui & Co., Inc.; Masatoshi Ito, President and CEO, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Haruo Naito, President and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd; and Tamotsu Saito, President and CEO, IHI Co., Ltd.

    The following key themes were discussed at the event:

    • Opening new areas for Russian–Japanese investment cooperation
    • Progress in implementing a roadmap and the current status of improvement in Russia’s investment climate
    • Infrastructural development in order to attract investment through special economic zones and industrial parks.

    There were further industry-specific roundtable discussions across eight areas of interest at the current stage of development for Russian-Japanese economic relations.

    There were 13 agreements and memoranda for future Russian–Japanese collaboration signed at the Forum. These include a framework credit agreement between the Japan Bank for International Cooperation JBIC and VTB Bank, and an Agreement of Intent regarding Russian grain export through the Russian Far East ports between the Marubeni Corporation, the FESCO Transportation Group and the United Grain Company.

    There were direct business-to-business negotiations between Forum delegates following on from their visits to Japanese companies, including a waste incineration plant in the districts of Tokyo known as Special Wards, the Juntendo University Hospital, St. Luke’s International Hospital, and MHI Toshiba in Tokyo itself. The event’s exhibition included presentations of agricultural investment opportunities in Russia.

    Delegates at the 6th Russia–Japan Investment Forum are invited to continue their discussions on future collaboration at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, on May 22–24, 2014.

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  • Indonesia–Russia Business Forum: Investment Strategies

    Jointly organized by the Russian Business Council for Cooperation with Indonesia and the KADIN Indonesia Russia and CIS Committee. Rostec served as the general partner of the event. The Forum was attended by entrepreneurs, members of the business and expert communities from both countries, and representatives of the governments of the Russian Federation and Indonesia. In addition to the discussions, a series of Indonesian–Russian cooperation projects were presented at the Forum.

  • International Forum "energy efficiency and energy saving" ENES 2013

    The ENES 2013 business programme spanned three days and included over 20 events, key among which were a plenary meeting focused on the energy-efficient path for Russia’s economic development and a national conference on energy efficiency and energy conservation, attended by Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak and the heads of 83 Russian regions. The national conference was focused primarily on state subsidies for regional energy efficiency programmes scheduled to be introduced in 2014. The Forum’s closing day was dedicated to youth initiatives in the sphere of energy efficiency.

    The Forum became the largest national and international event focused on energy efficiency and energy conservation and received extensive media coverage.

  • B20 Business Summit

    The B20 Summit is an informal gathering of business associations working together to support continuous dialogue between the business community, G20 leaders, and relevant international organizations. Attendees of the B20 Summit include business associations, senior corporate executives from various sectors of the economy, and expert organizations.

    The B20’s central mission is to promote sustainable, reliable, and fair economic growth capable of creating jobs, represent the interests of the relevant business communities within the G20 dialogue, and ensure that the contributions and ideas of the business community are reflected in the decisions issued and implemented by G20 leaders.

  • International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Long-Term Investments

    Conference participants discussed issues related to long-term investment and the role of the state in investment financing; infrastructure financing tools; cooperation between national and multilateral development institutions, their associations, and international financial institutions; and public–private partnership mechanisms utilized by development institutions to attract private long-term investment.

    Members of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) met during the Conference to discuss cooperation between national and international development institutions aimed at optimizing investment in infrastructure, green growth, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

  • Y20 Youth Summit

    The Y20 Russia Youth Summit was held in St. Petersburg in 2013. The Summit’s Secretariat consisted of students and alumni from St. Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and other leading Russian universities that had taken part in previous summits. The 2013 Summit welcomed 106 bright young participants from every G20 country and a number of other invited nations. During the Summit, delegates developed their own joint position on the issues being discussed by G20 leaders and announced their decisions in a final communiqué. After the Summit, the heads of the delegations were invited to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • 37th Annual Meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)

    The event welcomed delegates from 62 international development financing institutions based in 23 countries. It hosted bilateral meetings between officials from Vnesheconombank and executives of the Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia, Export-Import Bank of India, and others. Participants discussed current and potential bilateral cooperation on joint projects in the fields of sustainable development, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and SME financing, and shared experience and best business practices in the major sectors of the economy.

    During the event, a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia was signed.

  • 6th Russia Forum

    The Russia Forum is a platform for establishing new business contacts, bolstering cooperation, and pitching promising joint projects. The Forum is known for its impressive roster of speakers and participants: political figures, regulators, prominent members of the business community, heads of private companies on the verge of going public, senior executives from leading corporations based in Russia and the CIS, global investors, and independent experts.

  • Commodity and Tech Futures – Russia and the Asia Century (SPIEF session in South Korea)

    The event was attended by 160 invited delegates from political and business circles in Russia and Northeast Asian countries. The session explored new Northeast Asian development models, opportunities to promote Russian resources in Asian markets, as well as ways for South Korea to unlock the resource potential of Siberia and develop industrial production in the Russian Far East. The event was particularly focused on Russia’s priorities for its G20 Presidency. The main topic of the session was the potential for future expansion of trade and investment between Russia, South Korea, and other countries in Northeast Asia.

  • Russia–ASEAN Business Forum (held as part of SPIEF 2013)

    The Russia–ASEAN Business Forum was the logical continuation of the business element of the APEC 2012 Summit. The Forum provided members of the Russian and ASEAN business communities with an opportunity to share their opinions and identify new joint investment projects.

    The Forum programme included sessions on economic and business trends, the components of a successful dialogue and partnership between Russia and ASEAN, and innovation and investment as the foundation for cooperation.

  • Turkey and Russia – Economic Integration Driving Regional Development (SPIEF session in Istanbul)

    On March 21, Istanbul welcomed more than 200 participants from Russia and Turkey to a session jointly organized by the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and titled ‘Turkey and Russia – Economic Integration Driving Regional Development’. Participants noted that the scope of projects undertaken jointly by the two neighbouring countries was guaranteed to boost trade in the foreseeable future and was a testament to the strategic nature of their long-term economic relations.