A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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Russia–Africa Economic Forum

23-24 October 2019
Sochi, Russia
List of sessions
Россия – Африка: раскрывая потенциал сотрудничества
23 October 2019 10:00
Russia and Africa: Uncovering the Potential for Cooperation
Address by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Address by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdelfattah Al-Sisi
Компетенции России для Африки
23 October 2019 12:00
Introducing Russia to Africa
African economies are currently striving to achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development — efforts which must be supported by constant technological progress. Today’s global technological landscape is becoming increasingly digital, opening up new opportunities to overcome challenges facing Africa and the entire world, such as famine, inequality, illiteracy, and disease. Digital technologies are changing approaches to communication, leading to more effective governance and increased access to government services. Technology is bringing together solutions across a range of sectors to form comprehensive projects, while creating a single value-added growth chain and an integral mechanism for strengthening human capital — something which is vital for young African economies. What technological solutions could help countries in Africa to accelerate growth in prosperity? What should be the starting point for implementing information and communications technology? Which areas would give the greatest rewards? What needs to be done to train personnel for this new technological wave?
Современные задачи для развития рынка жилищного строительства Африканского континента
23 October 2019 12:30
Current Objectives in Developing the Housing Construction Market on the African Continent
Access to housing is one of the most pressing issues facing most African countries. Modern housing and a comprehensive approach to spatial planning can help ensure sustainable urban development and socioeconomic growth. We must now determine the needs of the housing construction market in African countries and identify joint solutions and ways of working together to achieve the most effective results in the shortest possible time. Practical steps aimed at identifying, supporting, and implementing joint projects are vital to such partnerships. What needs to be done to enter the first stage of constructing residential districts? What can governments do to support foreign investment? What mutually beneficial financial instruments are required? What needs to be done to provide inclusive access to safe and affordable housing and ensure high-quality development planning?
Гуманитарное сотрудничество: цели развития и корпоративная социальная ответственность
23 October 2019 12:30
Humanitarian Cooperation: Development Goals and Corporate Social Responsibility
Humanitarian partnership between Russia and African countries is becoming increasingly important. It is an area covering the development of human capital (education and culture), social programmes, healthcare, and access to essential benefits supporting people’s lives and national development in countries across the continent. Russian companies are paying more and more attention to social development in the countries in which they operate. How can African nations overcome poverty, disease, and conflict? In what areas do governments and international organizations need corporations to step in? What social responsibility and humanitarian programmes are already being implemented by Russian companies in Africa?
Россия – Африка: наука, образование и инновации для развития экономики
23 October 2019 12:30
Russia and Africa: Science, Education, and Innovation for Economic Development
The accelerated development of both Russia’s and Africa’s economic potential is inextricably linked to scientific output and the improvement of general education and professional training. The 21st century has heralded the rise of the knowledge economy. Scientific research and development results in new products and industries, and is able to make a vital contribution to tackling current social and economic challenges facing our countries. The Soviet Union made an invaluable contribution to developing the scientific and educational potential of a number of African countries. What can Russia offer today in terms of developing science and education in Africa, particularly as part of the African Union’s Agenda 2063? What new opportunities does cooperation in science and education with countries of the African continent present to Russia?
Российско-африканские отношения: роль СМИ
23 October 2019 12:30
The Role of Media in Russian–African Relations
The African continent is becoming ever more important in today’s international order. It plays a crucial role in the development of global economic ties and international relations, as well as in the construction of a stable and comprehensive international security system. Russian—African relations are adding an additional dimension to developments, especially with the boost provided by rapidly expanding links across a vast range of areas. The media can, and indeed must be a decisive factor in building effective ties. Africa is frequently portrayed in the media as suffering from numerous intergovernmental, religious, and ethnic conflicts, political and economic instability, and an array of demographic and social problems. Knowledge of today’s Russia and the steps being taken by its political leaders to tackle global challenges is also given little space in the continent’s media landscape. What issues are currently being encountered in the formation of the modern media landscape? What role does the media play in Russian—African relations? What are the prospects for collaboration in the information sphere? What needs to be done to develop a Russian media agenda in Africa? What is the role and place of Russia in the information space of Africa today?
Транспортная инфраструктура на Африканском континенте. Перспективы реализации совместных проектов
23 October 2019 14:30
Transport Infrastructure on the African Continent: Opportunities to Implement Joint Projects
The transport sector in Africa possesses excellent potential for development. The continent’s railways offer great promise, as do joint ventures. Several African nations have prioritized the development of their transport infrastructures, particularly given transport’s ability to spur growth in key industries. The expansion of transport links brings with it additional jobs and expertise, and improves quality of life for the local population. Russia is able to offer technology and expertise at the very forefront of construction, planning, engineering, and equipment supplies. However, there remain a number of barriers to the market, as well as a lack of financing and country-specific risks. What prospects exist in the African market for Russian companies and suppliers today? And what forms of government support and guarantees could beneficiary countries in Africa provide for comprehensive projects implemented inside their borders?
Финансирование как необходимый инструмент экономического развития стран Африки
23 October 2019 14:30
Financing as an Essential Instrument of Economic Growth in Africa
The African continent has enormous economic potential and is actively integrating into the system of international economic relations. Prospects for Russia to increase its trade with African countries are directly linked to the diversification of its merchandise exports. However, this is only a realistic aim if international financing channels are put in place to facilitate growth in trade. Given the interest in Russia and Africa increasing economic cooperation, new solutions need to be found to implement ambitious trade projects. Is it possible to speak of a revival of foreign trade and of its subsequent development? What can be done to find reliable financial partners? What are some potential barriers to expanding the volume of financing for joint Russian—African deals? What are the solutions to these problems?
Вклад атомных технологий в развитие Африки
23 October 2019 14:30
Contribution of Nuclear Technologies in the Development of Africa
Today, African countries face major challenges. Rapid population growth and the worsening energy crisis are constraining economic growth on the continent. The poor transport infrastructure, reduced access of the population to health services, low level of education and food supply insecurity are severely hampering Africa’s efforts to improve the quality of life in the region. It is clear that to solve these problems a large-scale development programme is required, including a strategy based on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nuclear technologies can become a driver for socioeconomic development and a comprehensive solution to the systemic continent-wide problems. What is the first step that should be made in order to promote nuclear technologies in Africa? Is the use of nuclear technologies in the energy sector sufficient to implement the ambitious developmental plans for the region? What opportunities will open up for African countries after the implementation of nuclear technologies? Which approach to the implementation of national nuclear programmes is the most effective for newcomer countries?
Экономический суверенитет Африки: проблемы и решения
23 October 2019 14:30
Economic Sovereignty for Africa: Problems and Solutions
In order to fulfil their development objectives and meet the needs of their citizens, countries in Africa are compelled to turn to foreign sources of financing. However, these mainly take the form of credit from international financial institutions and direct loans whereby the creditor imposes socioeconomic and political requirements which limit a country’s sovereignty. Sovereign bonds and other forms of borrowing on the capital market account for just a small proportion of African debt, but some countries on the continent are still unable to access this form of financing. As a result, more than USD 100 billion of borrowing potential is going untapped. More than USD 200 billion of existing debt could be refinanced under less stringent conditions. Are traditional approaches to assessing the borrowing potential of African nations suitable? What is the real cost of concessionary financing from the IMF and World Bank? Why is it that multinational corporations extracting minerals in Africa are able to attract capital on far better terms than countries where these natural riches are located? What will be the consequences for African countries if the current economic model continues to be used? What is the formula for restoring economic sovereignty and accelerating national development across the African continent? What can be done to ensure that money which has been pocketed by outside figures gets returned to Africa?
Сотрудничество России и Африки в алмазно-бриллиантовой отрасли
23 October 2019 14:30
Russian–African Collaboration in the Diamond Industry
The diamond mining industry is key to the economies of several African countries, accounting for a significant portion of income from exports. Today, diamond mining faces a number of industry-wide challenges, attempts to tackle which will determine its future. What is the potential for sharing experiences in diamond mining technology and industrial safety? What form could cooperation in sorting and marketing take? How can Russian and African companies work together in these areas? What can be done to ensure customer trust in diamonds? How can effective and responsible diamond supply chains be built from Africa to the global market? What should the role of industry organizations be in this matter?
Инвестиции в Африку
23 October 2019 14:30
Investing in Africa
In 2050, Africa’s total GDP will reach USD 29 trillion, exceeding the combined GDP of the US and the Eurozone in 2012. Pan-African and national growth strategies as well as global thinktanks’ forecasts highlight the following growth areas and potential key drivers of the continent’s rise in the medium and long term: commodities; infrastructure (utilities and roads) and industrialization; demography; education; an expanding middle class; and access to financial services. These factors will define the continent’s investment outlook in terms of its future investment climate, current investments and their diversification. They have potential either to bolster or hamper capital inflows. Which countries can set a growth pattern for African states (China, Chile, India, Vietnam)? What lessons can be learnt from existing investment projects (Russia, China, India)? What are the reasons behind their successes and failures? To what extent are such projects practicable in Africa? What are Africa’s high-opportunity regions and economic sectors?
ЕАЭС – Африка: тенденции и перспективы развития интеграционных процессов и сотрудничества
23 October 2019 16:30
The Eurasian Economic Union and Africa: Trends and Opportunities to Develop Integrated Processes and Collaborate
Over the past few decades, economic integration processes have become an overarching trend in regional development throughout the world. They have helped member states to successfully embed themselves in the global economy and minimize the risk of crises occurring in various industries. Economic integration provides a new perspective on crucial projects related to infrastructure, logistics, energy, trade, agricultural and industrial development, digitalization, migration policy, and employment. It offers additional opportunities to form common approaches to issues concerning the environment, renewable energy, and other factors determining scientific and technological progress. In view of the substantial expertise that regional associations offer, the next logical step is to foster dialogue between them and exchange experience at the forefront of integration, with the aim of optimizing economic integration processes and collaborating on the widest possible range of issues. How are regional economic integration processes developing in Eurasia and Africa? Which areas offer the greatest potential for mutually beneficial partnership between regional integration bodies? How does integration affect the structure of the global economy? What benefits does economic integration in the two regions offer for business?
Ведение бизнеса в Африке: возможности, условия и риски
23 October 2019 16:30
Doing Business in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
Today, Africa is one of the most promising and fastest-growing regions of the world, with leading powers actively competing with one another. However, the continent should not be viewed as a single, monolithic market. Its economy varies from place to place in terms of type, scale, and structure. Africa today is a place of great political, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. As a result, each country has a unique business culture, requiring an individual approach from any company wishing to enter its market. What is the business and administrative environment like in the countries of the continent? What specific features of competition can be identified? What cultural and civilizational aspects should be taken into account in order to successfully do business in Africa?
Промышленная кооперация – потенциальные точки роста
23 October 2019 16:30
Collaboration in Industry: Potential Areas of Growth
The development of high-tech and export-orientated industries in the Russian manufacturing sector has laid the groundwork for expanding areas of collaboration and launching ambitious long-term projects. What needs to be done to bring about a substantial improvement in collaboration between Russia and Africa? Which areas of cooperation are of most interest to Russian businesses and African nations? What projects and forms of Russian—African partnership are in need of financial support from parties such as Afreximbank?