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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St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Russia’s development, simply by virtue of its size, history, culture, the human potential and economic opportunities cannot take place outside the global context. [...] We are grateful to our guests for their attention and friendly attitude to Russia and their willingness for business cooperation that always rests on pragmatism, understanding of mutual interests and, of course, trust in each other, frankness and clear-cut positions. [...] We invite all of you to take part in this largescale and equitable cooperation.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
5–8 June 2019
St. Petersburg, Russia
List of sessions
ШОС без границ: интеграция транспортной инфраструктуры
6 June 2019 09:00
SCO Without Borders: Integration of Transport Infrastructure
The current expansion and deepening of transport cooperation across the SCO territory is a vital precondition for fully realizing the potential of trade, economic, and investment cooperation and reaching a new level of production and business activity throughout the Eurasian space. What are the prospects and key barriers for the development of the transport infrastructure in the SCO region? What tools are needed to ensure the efficient use of transport infrastructure? How can international transport operations be coordinated and managed? Is transport digitalization and integrated transport management a utopia or a realistic future? What is the role of business in developing the transport agenda at this stage?
Женщины-управленцы в построении успешных бизнес-моделей
6 June 2019 09:00
Role of Women Executives in Building Successful Business Models
The issue of women’s economic empowerment, in particular as it pertains to their taking senior management positions at large companies, is becoming increasingly important, as is the need to develop business standards to enhance the contribution of women executives for sustainable economic development. What is the role of politicians and business leaders in engaging more women in economic activity? What specific measures should be taken to promote women’s leadership in manufacturing and the public sector? How can a global partnership for women’s economic empowerment and leadership be forged? What are the prospects for women executives in the era of digitalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0)?
Российская экономика в поисках стимулов роста
6 June 2019 09:00
The Russian Economy Seeking Ways to Boost Growth
The Russian economy has proven its resilience to such external challenges as the rhetoric of economic sanctions, turbulence in emerging markets and volatility of oil prices. The strong foundations underpinning macroeconomic stability are attractive for investors, yet the economic growth rate does not correlate with Russia’s potential. This is the main challenge faced by Russia’s financial and economic authorities today. What incentives are needed to convert investor confidence into economic growth? What additional factors could boost GDP growth? What changes should be implemented for growth to accelerate? Will national projects serve as the basis for future growth?
Создавая будущее вместе. Бизнес решения для достижения целей устойчивого развития
6 June 2019 09:00
Co-Creating the Future. Business Solutions for Realizing Sustainable Development Goals
The Business Twenty (B20), a social partner of the Group of Twenty (G20) representing the interests of business, is drafting specific consensus-based proposals for G20 leaders that aim to shape global policies to overcome the key challenges of our times. The B20 Regional Consultation Forum is a joint event hosted by the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), which holds the chairmanship of the B20 in 2019, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). Japan’s chairmanship of the B20 has prioritized creating ‘Society 5.0’, a concept developed with the active involvement of business based on the integrated introduction of digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G mobile communication systems, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain with all spheres of society, business, and the government, including public administration, industrial structure, and employment. The heads of major corporations and business associations, senior representatives of G20 countries as well as leaders of international organizations will discuss the B20 proposals for G20 leaders, including the corporate priorities and measures for creating ‘Society 5.0’.
Россия – Финляндия
6 June 2019 09:00
Finland and Russia have extensive experience cooperating in the field of ecology, which provides a good basis for exploring new cooperation opportunities in such areas as circular bio-economy and waste management. The key principles of circular bio-economy are the use of renewable natural resources instead of fossil fuels, minimizing waste, emissions, and energy inefficiency. The recycling and reprocessing of materials, waste reduction, and use of bio-materials are key elements for effective and sustainable development. What role do governments, municipalities, companies, and consumers play in providing renewable solutions? How can waste be reduced through eco-design principles and what new and innovative methods of waste recycling are available? What new opportunities do circular bio-economy and waste management offer for cooperation between Russia and Finland?
6 June 2019 09:00
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
An international programme is currently being prepared for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) supported by the United Nations and UNESCO. UNESCO estimates that meeting the needs of nearly 3 billion people worldwide depends today on marine and coastal biodiversity. The ocean absorbs about a third of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Yet science has not yet been able to fully assess the cumulative impact of human activities on the ocean, including how pollution is threatening this natural environment. Numerous ocean-related factors have a major impact on a wide range of critical issues, such as climate change, improving people’s lives, and geopolitical challenges. In order to address them, international coordination and partnership aimed at strengthening World Ocean research must be improved, as must the exchange of state-of-the-art technologies. Can the World Ocean be managed on a global level in present-day conditions? What focuses will drive the economic development of the World Ocean in the future? Science or politics: how can we implement international ocean research and conservation projects?
Государство и бизнес в социальной сфере: в поисках новых точек роста
6 June 2019 09:00
Government and Business in the Social Sector: Identifying New Sources of Growth
Involving business in the efforts to achieve government objectives in the social sector can bring numerous benefits ranging from balancing resources and increasing speed and efficiency to facilitating the growth of related industries. Increasing the contribution made by the private sector in this area can be compared to attracting investment to the industry and the economy. To ensure the success of and a constant flow of investment into social projects new forms of collaboration need to be introduced, an effective regulatory framework should be established and a balance struck between individual interests and responsibility. The development of a roadmap for such partnership will lay transparent foundations to implement projects in the social sphere. What can be done to encourage businesses to become involved in long-term social projects, investments, and PPPs? What barriers are currently making it harder to attract private investment in social projects? How can an effective dialogue be established between government and business? Is current state support for investors sufficient?
Триалог диалогов: Петербургский, Сочинский, Трианонский
6 June 2019 09:00
Trialogue of Dialogues: St. Petersburg, Sochi, and Trianon
Russia has unique mechanisms of interaction for its relations with foreign countries: bilateral dialogues with Germany, France, Austria, and a number of other countries. All three dialogues bring together representatives of civil society, the academic world, and the business community. The St. Petersburg Dialogue demonstrated its enduring nature and stability during some of the most stressful periods, the Trianon Dialogue emerged when tensions between Russia and the West reached their climax, and the Sochi Dialogue built on the experience of both difficult and fruitful contacts in various matters. What experience and opportunities do the Russian-German, Russian-French, and Russian-Austrian dialogues offer according to their co-chairs?
Реализация социальных гарантий: партнерство государства и общества
6 June 2019 09:00
Partnerships Between the State and Society to Provide Social Guarantees
Social development largely depends on people’s satisfaction with the public (municipal) services provided to them. Society’s demand for meeting social needs changes as the economy develops: the structure of needs and dynamics of demand transform, competition intensifies, and qualitative characteristics change. The state does not always have time to respond to such changes and the non-governmental sector is responsible for satisfying social demand during these periods. Interaction between the state and the non-state sector also poses the risk of over-regulation. What should be changed in order to create fair conditions for interaction between the state and the private sector? Will the involvement of non-governmental organizations in providing social services help increase their accessibility and quality? Who is responsible for the quality of the services provided? How can the transition from process funding to social project outcome funding be ensured? Is it possible in Russia for an individual to exercise the right to choose a state (municipal) service provider independently?
Демографические вызовы XXI века: как повысить рождаемость и вернуть здоровье детям?
6 June 2019 10:00
Demographic Challenges of the 21st Century: How to Increase the Birth Rate and Restore Children’s Health?
Creating conditions for children’s birth and the development of children’s healthcare is one of the state’s most important goals. Greater prosperity around the world has led to a declining birth rate not only in Russia, but in many other countries. Lifestyle, underdeveloped primary care, late pregnancies, access to education for women, and successful careers have had serious consequences on fertility dynamics in all developed nations. Significant changes can only be achieved by creating a comprehensive system to improve such areas as reproductive health, children’s healthcare, family financial situations, and the promotion of family values. What additional state guarantees might alter the demographic situation? What programmes need to be implemented by 2024? How can we promote the institution of family? Does late pregnancy pose a threat to a baby’s health? What problems are coming to a head in Russian children’s healthcare?
Энергетическая панель
6 June 2019 10:00
Energy Panel
The Energy Panel is a premier discussion platform for oil and gas leaders, government officials and acclaimed industry experts. In 2015, UN member states unanimously supported the Resolution Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda is a plan of action for improving the well-being of people, securing the planet and prosperity. Oil and gas will remain the backbone of the global energy mix. Advancement of the oil and gas industry is a prerequisite for eradicating poverty and hunger, bridging the inequality gap and ensuring decent living standards, which is essential for sustainable development. The Energy Panel Session will provide a comprehensive insight into sustainable energy development, underlining the industry’s multinational and multicultural nature, and its geographical diversity. The discussion participants will exchange views on energy market trends, transformation of the oil and gas industry, and dynamics of the geopolitical impacts on the markets, as well as offering opinion on the cooperation and innovation potential, ensuring an effective transition to the low carbon economy.
Победить мусор: российская реформа и международные практики
6 June 2019 11:00
Defeating Trash: Russian Reform and International Practices
The process of global greening was first announced at the UN Conference in Stockholm in 1972, and then re-enforced at the Rio Conference in 1992. The UN Commission on Sustainable Development was established and the Declaration on Environment and Development was adopted on the basis of these meetings. Today, the environmental agenda in the world and in Russia is very rich. Focusing on ecology and technologies for reducing the environmental impact has a positive effect on the competitiveness of the economy and is a significant factor for increasing a country’s investment appeal. One of the most important reforms aimed at greening Russia has just been launched and is designed to reduce the number of unauthorized landfills, making the market transparent and manageable. Collaborating in waste management with such countries as Japan, Germany, France, and Switzerland will allow Russia to accelerate the pace of adopting advanced technologies, making the industry attractive to foreign investment. How can the reform targets be achieved? How can the share of processed waste be raised from 12% to 60% and the share of recycled waste from 7% to 36% by 2024? How can the best international practices be applied in creating a system of waste separation in Russia?
Цифровое недропользование
6 June 2019 11:00
Digital Subsoil Use
Geological exploration has strategic importance for Russia’s economic development. The economic effect of the digitalization of the Russian economy could increase the country’s GDP by RUB 4.1–8.9 trillion by 2025, and this amounts to 19–34% of the total expected GDP growth. Even more significant indicators can be obtained in subsoil use as large-scale digitalization will significantly reduce the costs of the most expensive elements such as exploration, drilling, and transportation and ensure the rational use of the subsoil. The creation of a single geoplatform combining these studies will give a new impetus to both regional geological exploration of subsoil resources and to international contractual obligations. The digitalization of subsoil use is a significant driver of development for certain regions and Russia as a whole. Can subsoil use become one of the drivers for the development of the digital economy and what measures does this require? Why is the digitalization of subsoil use strategically important for Russia? Will this strengthen Russia’s position in the CIS and vis-à-vis African economies? What are the best practices in Russia and internationally? What can Russian IT companies offer for subsoil use?
Формируя индустрию будущего. Цифровые технологии в промышленности
6 June 2019 11:00
Shaping the Industry of the Future. Digital Technology in Manufacturing
Russia has set the target of boosting its non-resource, non-energy exports up to USD 250 billion a year by 2024. The key tool for achieving this goal is the digital transformation of manufacturing, which will enhance the competitiveness of Russian production and facilitate its integration into global supply chains. The increase in labour productivity is an additional expected result of digitalization. Currently labour productivity stands at about USD 26 per hour in Russia, which is one-third of that in Germany and the United States, and a half of the OECD average. Which Russian companies have successfully transformed their production and can their experience help others? Can productivity form the basis for the overall policy of the digital transformation of the Russian manufacturing industry taking shape now? Will the digital transformation of end-product manufacturers stimulate the digitalization of all participants in the production chains? What kind of personnel is needed to switch to the industry of the future in Russia?
В погоне за искусственным интеллектом. Кто победит в глобальном соревновании?
6 June 2019 11:00
Who Stands to Win in the Global Competition for Supremacy in Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence technologies have become a key factor in the success of technology companies and far beyond: the use of AI leads to competitive advantages in all areas of business and human endeavours. Artificial intelligence has long since become a part of our everyday lives. Many countries have adopted their own national artificial intelligence strategies (China, the European Union, and Canada, among others), striving for leadership in this field and gaining a competitive advantage for their economies. Russia is also actively pursuing the development of its own national AI strategy, which will identify the goals, tasks, and approaches to the introduction of AI technologies as well as the regulatory scenarios for certain areas of the economy. The introduction of artificial intelligence technologies will help accelerate economic growth and form the Russian economy of the future, thus making it competitive on the global stage. What is AI? What tasks need to be addressed in the national AI strategy? What is the international experience in AI and what are the priorities of its development? While everyone is working to create strong AI, its potential is often compared to that of nuclear weapons. What stakes does Russia have in this global technological race? How can a balance be struck in terms of state regulation stimulating and restricting the development of AI? What are the key factors in the development of AI that require attention from the state? How can effective collaboration between business, science, and the state be organized for the development of AI?
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