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 179 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, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. 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
16–18 June 2016
St. Petersburg, Russia
List of sessions
Приоритеты G20/B20: финансирование роста, торговля и инвестиции
16 June 2016 09:30
G20/B20 priorities: financing growth, trade and investment
Representatives of business and government from the G20 members as well as heads of relevant international institutions will discuss the B20 Taskforces agenda and recommendations for G20 leaders on the issues of financing growth, trade, and investment — key priorities for both G20 and B20. What needs to be done to ensure the effective regulation and internationalization of financial markets, as well as an increase in global investment? How can a modernized, effective international trade system be secured, the Trade Facilitation Agreement be implemented, and finance be rationally deployed to boost the sluggish global recovery and further stimulate economic growth in the post-crisis period?
Метаморфозы российского потребителя глазами производителей
16 June 2016 10:15
The changing nature of the Russian consumer
The consumer sector in Russia is undergoing rapid transformation, challenging long-held assumptions and compelling companies to adopt new models as the sector adjusts to market shifts. Nevertheless, to maintain a healthy consumer sector, it is not just the private sector that must change — policymakers and regulators will also need to adapt to reflect the new and constantly evolving environment. What steps can regulators take to strengthen consumer demand, and how can business help support the required adjustments? What will the Russian consumer market look like over the next five years? How can the right balance be found between the interests of business, the objectives of government, and the welfare of the nation as it weighs up the future of the Russian consumer?
Россия - Великобритания: самые перспективные направления торгово-экономических отношений - 100 лет сотрудничества
16 June 2016 10:15
RUSSIA–UNITED KINGDOM: targeting improved trade and economic relations for a 100-year partnership
In spite of political differences on some fronts, economic cooperation between Russia and the United Kingdom continues. It is precisely this ability of businesses to overcome unfavourable external factors that has distinguished Russian—British relationships in recent years. In the absence of a relevant intergovernmental dialogue, the partnership between business communities takes on particular significance. What are the priority areas in developing bilateral relations between Russia and the United Kingdom? What is the best way to advance the business partnership against a background of tough economic and external political conditions? Which potential joint projects could prove the most attractive at present? What steps could the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce take to ensure the development of bilateral trade?
Россия - Индия: новый этап экономического партнерства
16 June 2016 10:15
RUSSIA–INDIA: a new stage in economic partnership
Broadening bilateral trade and economic cooperation is a priority for both India and Russia. Since the Russia—India Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed in October 2000, the relationship between the two countries has expanded in a multitude of areas, including politics, national security, trade, economics, defence, science, technology, and culture. The leaders of the two countries have set a goal of increasing bilateral trade to USD 30 billion by 2025. What are the major trends and characteristics of the economic and trade relationship between Russia and India? Which areas of cooperation should take priority and what measures could be taken to further develop economic relations and encourage diversification?
ЕАЭС и торговые партнеры: общее экономическое пространство
16 June 2016 10:15
EAEU and trade partners: common economic space
From ASEAN and Mercosur to the EU and EAEU, regional economic associations are the principal building blocks of modern trade, and interaction between these blocks is an increasingly important mechanism for market access. Yet, is greater regionalization acting as a source of market liberalization or will it bring fragmentation of global trade and, in turn, isolate individual economies? How can EAEU member states build stronger intra-regional ties and better confront global economic challenges? Does Eurasia have the potential to create its own regional megaproject and how might the EAEU’s trading partners benefit?
Регионы России: узкая специализация или комплексное развитие?
16 June 2016 10:15
Leveraging comparative advantages vs. Broad-based regional development strategies
The most commonly used models in implementing Russian regional development strategies are either the creation of a single industry scenario or a commitment to a diversified model. Each model has its pros and cons, and several regions have achieved impressive results utilizing each approach. What should be the precursors and how much emphasis should there be on comparative advantages when deciding which strategy to deploy? What is the right balance between integrated development and narrow specialization in Russian regional growth?
Вызовы в киберпространстве. Возможно ли обеспечить безопасность в сети?
16 June 2016 10:15
Preparing your company to combat the growing threat of cyber crime
It is estimated that last year’s 90 million cyber attacks cost global businesses as much as USD 575 billion, yet half of major international firms still lack a comprehensive strategy to combat hackers. With customers demanding robust protection and criminals becoming more sophisticated, only a total commitment starting from the corporate board will provide adequate protection. What steps should be taken to create a strong defence against cyber attacks? What are some of the key steps business leaders should take to create an effective corporate culture to support cyber security?
Человек и машина: новая индустриальная революция
16 June 2016 10:15
The coming industrial revolution: the impact on competitiveness and employment
The Fourth Industrial Revolution — driven by the convergence of digitalization, robotics, and additive manufacturing — is promising to herald a new era in production efficiencies and productivity. This is expected to not only result in reduced costs and enhanced product development, but eventually it could fundamentally alter the role of labour in the entire global economy. The resulting disruptions are not without risk and, if not properly managed, could spur greater income inequality as well as the disenfranchisement of large sectors of the workforce. How can such potential negative effects be addressed and what role can governments play to ensure smooth transitions in labour markets? How should businesses adjust their strategies, if at all, to take into account the potential social impact resulting from Industry 4.0?
Геоэкономика крупных инфраструктурных проектов
16 June 2016 10:15
The geo-economics of large-scale infrastructure projects
The abundance of natural resources and the build-out of infrastructure to access them create key competitive advantages for countries and regions. Those economies that have developed the most economical and effective means of managing critical resources have flourished, but the presence of resources and a fortuitous geographical location are the bare minimum requirement for sustainable development. What might be the impact of new major infrastructure projects on the global economy? What are the geopolitical risks associated with major cross-border infrastructure projects and how can these best be mitigated? What role can governments play in attracting private investment to these projects?
Как увеличить национальную добавленную стоимость через международное партнерство и локализацию. Роль МСП
16 June 2016 10:15
Russia-Latin American SMEs as catalysts in building value
Taking into consideration the highly complementary economic structures, the benefits of strengthening ties and expanding bilateral partnerships are evident to both Russian and Latin American firms. How might enhanced cooperation result in the further exploitation of Latin American natural resources, uncover opportunities for Russian knowledge-intensive industries, and boost market access for Latin goods and services in Russia? How might SMEs play a more significant role in generating new business opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses and create mutual value?
Россия - Африка: расширение границ
16 June 2016 10:15
Russia–Africa: advancing new frontiers
Shifts in economics, politics, and business have redefined the global economic landscape, calling for an increased focus on the African continent. Africa, the second largest continent, richly endowed with a myriad of mineral resources, skills, and an abundance of labour has been growing at 3.9%. In 2015 Africa possessed seven of the 10 fastest growing economies, and by 2020 the continent is projected to have a collective GDP of USD 2.6 trillion, over 200 million consumers, and a working-age population of 1.1 billion. Russia has enjoyed a long history of cooperation with African countries, including the construction of large-scale industrial facilities, education exchanges, collaboration in healthcare, and military partnerships. Russian trade with Africa has huge potential to expand — it currently totals USD 2.5 billion, at a time when the continent’s imports of manufactured goods amount to USD 430 billion with annual growth of 10–15%. Increased cooperation between Africa and Russia offers the opportunity to improve economies of scale and efficiencies, thereby increasing competitiveness in the respective markets and globally. How can Russia accelerate its economic ties with the continent and what sectors are likely to be successful first movers?
Предпринимательство в социальной сфере как драйвер позитивных изменений
16 June 2016 10:15
Social entrepreneurship as an agent for social change
Social entrepreneurship has historically been at the intersection of philanthropy and traditional business. As a rule, social entrepreneurs try to ensure the greatest possible social impact at a relatively low return on investment, creating and propagating new approaches to the settlement of social issues. What market sectors and segments do social entrepreneurs need to pay attention to? What skills do they have to develop in order to use different business models successfully? Can social entrepreneurs who are just starting out expect support from the largest charity funds and from companies, as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes?
Социальное неравенство как катализатор нестабильности. Как предотвратить реакцию?
16 June 2016 10:15
Inclusive growth: how best to address income disparity without stifling growth
Growth in social inequality around the world remains a problem which is hard to tackle for leading economies and international organizations. With middle-income wages having stagnated for over a decade and a half and nearly 50% of global GDP concentrated in the hands of the 1%, income disparity has become as much a political as it is an economic issue. How can these long-standing and structural problems be addressed, particularly as technology, globalization, and political populism strain social and political systems? How can business and government collaborate more closely to avoid social instability?
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