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 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 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
22–24 May 2014
St. Petersburg, Russia
List of sessions
Вклад бизнеса в экономический рост: вызовы и пути решения
22 May 2014 09:30
Challenges and solutions: addressing obstacles to business-driven growth
Chief executives from the world’s leading economies will discuss key topics on the global agenda, including issues relating to international trade, investment and infrastructure, financial regulation, transparency and quality management practices, social investment, and employment.
От вызовов к возможностям - действуя сообща
22 May 2014 11:30
Translating challenges into opportunities: acting together
A discussion of the systemic issues related to improving the business environment and investment climate, de-offshorizing the Russian economy, and Russia’s financial system development in line with the priorities of the global economic agenda.
Стратегирование в России и мире: ставка на человека
22 May 2014 11:45
Strategizing in Russia and in the world: wagering on the individual
A discussion of the key issues facing Russia’s economic development; the increased role played by regions under conditions of slower economic growth and an uncertain business environment as a result of foreign policy challenges and other limitations experienced by Russia abroad; and the strengthening of the individual’s role as the key factor in economic and social development.
Воплощение российской мечты - обеспечение качественным жильем
22 May 2014 11:45
Realizing the Russian economic dream – the future of residential ownership
Expanding home ownership is a vital route to broad-based financial security and expanding social stability for many in the middle classes. However, affordable mortgages are increasingly seen as out of reach for many, and home ownership is stalling. What policy measures can be put in place to expand the private residential market, and what are the risks with government intervention in the sector?
Грамотная миграционная политика как фактор развития мировой экономики
22 May 2014 11:45
Smart immigration strategies for global development
Effective immigration policies are increasingly a priority for international businesses, as they wish to deploy talent to invest, innovate, manufacture, sell, and service on a global basis. But immigration presents many complex societal issues, and while various economies may adopt best practices, no one size fits all. How important are sound immigration policies in maintaining economic competitiveness? Which are the key priorities that MNCs would like to adopt in order to improve the global business environment?
Корпоративная благотворительность на развивающихся рынках
22 May 2014 11:45
The broadening impact of emerging market corporate philanthropy
Emerging market business philanthropy is growing rapidly. Not only is this increased giving having a beneficial impact on the societies in which these businesses operate, it is contributing to employee corporate identity and brand affinity. Where is emerging market philanthropy headed over the coming years?
Развитие кадрового потенциала и конкурентоспособность в России
22 May 2014 11:45
Unleashing Russia’s talent pool to develop its competitive standing
Russia’s rich resource base and well-educated population offer a strong foundation for global competitiveness. However, many of the country’s best and brightest often look abroad for economic opportunities. What changes in public policy, as well as private sector approaches, can ensure that Russia-based talent reaches its full potential?
Три уровня пенсионной системы: перспективы развития в России и мире
22 May 2014 11:45
Prospects for the development of a three tier pension system in Russia
Pension systems centered exclusively around state insurance schemes have often proven inadequate, and most major economies have developed corporate pension plans as well as voluntary private pension schemes to provide a more balanced approach. In Russia, less than 10% of the population are enrolled in corporate or private pension programmes, compared to over 70% in Europe and the United States. To what degree can international pension models be effectively adapted to the Russian market? What is the potential for expanding corporate pensions? What are the right incentives to encourage workers and individuals to save for their old age?
Новые технологии добычи углеводородов: потенциал использования в России
22 May 2014 11:45
Technology’s promise for Russia’s oil future
Russia possesses the world’s largest reserves of shale formations, with the Bazhenov field alone estimated to have reserves equating to 2,300 billion barrels. Moreover, a number of performing fields will shift to secondary and tertiary production over the coming decades. However, major Russian energy firms have only recently begun to explore methods to enhance extraction techniques. What are the challenges in bringing Russia’s unconventional extraction online? How might these approaches be adapted to increase the production life of mature fields, and what might be the combined impact on Russia’s energy sector?
Значение открытых данных для предпринимательства и развития
22 May 2014 11:45
The importance of open data for enterprise and development
Making available publicly held, non-personal data is a multi-government initiative aimed at providing companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals with access, so that they can develop new insights, ideas, and services for the betterment of society. How is this progressing on a global basis and how can business embrace this opportunity?
Перспективы культурного и экономического сотрудничества России и Великобритании
22 May 2014 11:45
The future for cultural and economic relations between Russia and the United Kingdom
In recent years, there has been a rapid development in trade, economic, and cultural links between Russia and the United Kingdom, and 2014 has been declared the UK—Russia Year of Culture. Between 2009 and 2012, exports from Britain to Russia grew by more than 75% and from Russia to Britain by 65%. Tourism between the two countries has also increased. What steps are needed to broaden this bilateral economic and cultural exchange? Which branches of industry benefit the most from this increase in bilateral trade and investment?
Перспективы поддержки Private equity в России
22 May 2014 11:45
Prospects for bolstering private equity investment in Russia
Although private equity funds have existed in Russia since the 1990s, as a whole the market has largely failed to live up to expectations, both in terms of size and growth rates. What has held back the expansion of private equity investing in Russia and what steps can be taken to spur its development? What can be done to stimulate private equity growth in the hi-tech and other key industries? What are the prospects for pension fund money to be channelled into this investment sector?
Общество без наличных расчетов: повышение рентабельности и прозрачности
22 May 2014 11:45
The cashless society to deliver improved economic efficiency and transparency
Despite the rapid penetration of banking services and non-cash payments into society, many emerging economies, including Russia, continue to be ‘cash countries’. However, the development of cashless payments improves the transparency of the economy, reduces the cost of business transactions, and increases competition in banking services. How can regulators, payment systems, and banks better work together to reduce the share of cash in circulation and increase card and digital transactions? What can be done to motivate customers to use non-cash payments more widely and thereby accelerate the movement to a ‘cashless society’?
Развитие интегрированной логистики для выхода на новый уровень российско-финской экономической интеграции
22 May 2014 14:00
Expanding integrated logistics to drive the next stage in Finnish–Russian economic development
The past decade’s robust private sector cross-border investment activity has created the foundation for a strong Finnish—Russian economic partnership. However, further investment in construction, logistics, and related infrastructure is needed to expand bilateral trade. What is the potential for this border region to serve as an international gateway for goods and services? What kind of public—private models are needed to spur integrated regional growth? What measures should be put in place to ensure cost-efficiency for joint logistics and infrastructure projects?
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