The EFEA Awards, an independent annual contest among event organizers, were presented in St. Petersburg during the 9th Eurasian Event Forum. The Roscongress Foundation won the Organizer of the Year category for the third time and finished first in the Project of the Year category for the second year in a row for its Eastern Economic Forum. The Russia-Africa Economic Forum was recognized as the Revelation of the Year.
Four of the Roscongress Foundations projects were awarded in various categories of the EFEA Awards: the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum, the Russian Investment Forum, and the Russia-Africa Forum, which was held for the first time in 2019.
The EFEA Awards has been held since 2015. Its shortlist includes projects and platforms in Russia that have proven to be a success over the course of the year. The list of companies that take part in the event is compiled from public sources and the regularly updated base of the R&C Exhibition Research Centre. Winners are determined according to a rating based on the number of references in the Russian media to the forums, exhibitions, congresses, festivals, event organizers, and venues.
The EFEA Awards are presented in five categories: Project of the Year, Organizer of the Year, Revelation of the Year, Venue of the Year, and Event of the Year. Winners of the EFEA Awards include VDNH, ITE Group, Expocenter, the Circle of Light festival, and the Berengiya race, among others.