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
24–26 May 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia
List of sessions
Деловой климат в России: чего удалось достичь и куда двигаться дальше?
24 May 2018 08:00
Doing Business in Russia: What Has Been Achieved and What’s Next?
Year after year, Russia’s jurisdiction is becoming more and more comfortable for business. In 6 years, Russia has moved up in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking from #124 to #35, while no other country has shown comparable progress. Quality services for business and improved institutions are well noted by the business community in all regions of Russia. On 25 May 2018, ASI will present its new edition of National Investment Climate Index based on the surveys of more than 400 thousand entrepreneurs all across Russia. The main conclusions and the latest results in improving the investment climate and eliminating administrative barriers will be discussed by the participants of the session «Doing Business in Russia: What has been achieved and what’s next?» What has been done in recent years to warm up Russia’s business climate? What are the government support measures that the private sector, including foreign companies working in Russia, can apply for? How can the business environment be made even more conducive? Are there any reserves for further improvement?
Экспортный потенциал креативных индустрий России
24 May 2018 09:00
The Export Potential of Russia’s Creative Industries
The creative sector is establishing new niches in areas where various technologies intersect, expanding the export potential for the economy. Creative industries represent a source of growth for exports beyond raw materials, and can help Russia establish its cultural output abroad, while putting forward a positive image for the wider world. The sector also makes a substantial contribution to the country’s investment attractiveness, and provides an opportunity to change the structure of exports in favour of high-tech products as well as creative and digital services. At the same time, it offers great potential for the application of Russian human capital in the global context, while acting as a driver of Russian soft power. What strategies can be undertaken to expand Russia’s role in the global business community by increasing market share in the creative economy? Which creative industries have the greatest potential for export today, and which have the potential in the future?
Россия – Финляндия
24 May 2018 09:00
The main principle of the circular economy is ensuring that each process in the life cycle of a product or service is carried out with maximum efficiency, yet with minimum waste, industrial emissions, and energy leakage. When the lifetime of a useful service has ended, goods are not discarded, but recycled. Companies work together to build ecosystems where waste from one producer becomes raw material for another. The net profit of the European market’s circular economy is forecast to be EUR 1,800 billion by 2030. A circular economy offers significant environmental and social benefits. The transition to a circular economy will require significant changes at the societal and state levels and will affect the choices made by citizens and by consumers as whole. A national roadmap for the circular economy will set the pace for changes in legislation and interaction between society and business. The circular economy will open up new business opportunities and create new jobs, not only to replace those that were lost during industrial structural changes. Bioeconomics is the economy of the regeneration of natural resources in the production of food, energy, goods, and services. The bioeconomics of Finland is based on the regeneration of forestry and chemical industries. Digital technologies can be used to replenish and maintain bioresources. New ways of utilizing bioresources at the regional level will promote economic growth and create new jobs. It is expected that new products, materials, and services will appear in forestry, chemical, and energy industries, as well as in the area of smart digital solutions. In Finland, a bioeconomics programme is part of the state development strategy for various sectors of the economy. Russia has approved an integrated comprehensive biotechnology development programme for the period until 2020. In Russia, the development of bioeconomics holds the promise of new jobs, investment, and stable economic growth. International cooperation and the sharing of best practices can help create the right conditions for the sustainable and consistent development of bioeconomics. How can an environment that will facilitate a circular economy in Russia be created? What potential does bioeconomics have for economic relations between Russia and Europe? What opportunities do the circular economy and bioeconomics open up for Russian and Finnish companies?
Векторы медицины будущего: кто будет лечить человека через 30 лет?
24 May 2018 09:00
Pathways for the Medicine of the Future: Who Will Treat People in 30 Years’ Time?
Modern medicine is undergoing dramatic changes with discoveries in genomics, new bio- and nanotechnologies, and artificial intelligence fundamentally changing the methods for diagnosing and treating human diseases. It is expected that doctors will learn to predict epidemiological trends in entire countries as well as at the individual level. Moreover, new techniques for predicting and preventing diseases, and for fighting hereditary diseases by reprogramming the genome and growing new human organs are being developed. How can these discoveries be delivered to the masses and what kind of healthcare system can we expect in 30 years? Who will treat patients: computers or people? What is happening behind closed doors of scientific laboratories? What diseases will mankind conquer, and what new threats will it face? What will be the life expectancy of humans? Who in the country will be responsible for developing medicine in the future? What is the composition of the global market in the medical industry today, and what role can Russia play in the future?
Государственная поддержка инноваций: эффективный инструмент для обеспечения лидерства
24 May 2018 09:00
State Support as an Effective Tool for Securing Leadership in Innovation
The development of innovative technologies plays a key role in increasing national competitiveness in the global markets. Sluggish uptake of innovations hinders the emergence of technological production locally and creates barriers to the emergence of the digital economy. The state and its institutions along with a high-tech innovative business play a decisive role in the process of shaping the innovative economy and securing the position of the economy in the global markets. What are the priority areas of national innovation policy and what instruments of state support for innovation and high-tech production should be employed? What tools of state support of innovations and high-tech industries are interesting and necessary for business? How can factors constraining the development of the innovative economy be eliminated? What opportunities for expanded international cooperation might lead to the formation of new technology markets, and how is global competition for technology, talent, and capital shaping demand for state support and funding instruments for innovative initiatives?
Развитие человеческого капитала как конкурентное преимущество России
24 May 2018 09:00
How Russia Can Harness Human Capital for Its Competitive Advantage
Russia is achieving outstanding results in a number of traditional and new sectors of the economy. The global professional community holds Russian programmers in high esteem. In the past 15 years, six Russians and Russian-born individuals have been awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, sharing first place with the US and France. Over this period, five Russian or Russian-born scientists have been awarded Nobel Prizes in Physics. Russian animation is rapidly making new headway in international markets. Human capital — the talent, skills, and abilities of the professionals working in these fields — forms the basis of these achievements. Today, the development of Russian human capital requires systemic support, ensuring that novices and professionals not only excel in their fields, but also achieve global recognition. How might the collective expertise of Russian professionals be expanded to new fields? How can young professionals be enticed to join high-tech industries and support them? How can the market value of Russian professionals be increased and how can professionals be offered greater access to global projects, leading to the introduction of global practices in Russia? Which new sectors of the digital economy could prove fertile ground for Russia’s leadership?
Международная координация в борьбе с незаконным оборотом промышленной продукции: потенциал и перспективы развития
24 May 2018 09:00
Coordinating the International Effort Against Illicit Trafficking in Manufactured Goods: Potential Ways Forward
Illicit trafficking in manufactured goods has reached critical levels, significantly impeding industrial development, discouraging investors, and having a negative effect on the country’s economic security. Russia is actively working to stop illicit trafficking in manufactured goods. A State Commission has been created to coordinate efforts in this area. Work is continuously being done to develop and introduce efficient methods of combatting shadow markets, including excise goods, and this has yielded significant results. A goods labelling and tracking system is being developed. Compulsory labelling has been introduced for fur goods, while some other goods (drugs, tobacco) are undergoing pilot schemes. Combatting illicit trafficking in manufactured goods has become an agenda item for international relations. How do we efficiently counteract the growth of the shadow market, while also making use of international practices and the system already created within Russia? How can business attract the state’s attention to such issues, including those related to illicit trafficking? What are the prospects for international cooperation in this area, both within the EAEC and with key trading partners? What advantages do goods labelling and traceability hold for business, and what risks do businesses see in them?
Питч-сессия стартапов: новые точки роста для бизнеса и власти
24 May 2018 09:00
Pitch Session for Startups: New Areas of Growth for Business and Government
The digital economy is not the future, it’s here right now. A revolution has taken place unnoticed, changing both our lives and the ‘lives’ of business and government. Even in such traditional sectors as medicine, energy, or agriculture, a business which is not ‘digital’ will no longer be a business 10 years from now. How can startups and startup technologies improve the efficiency of corporations and government bodies, and remain profitable? How can big business and government harness the innovations of young companies to create synergies? During this interactive session, entrepreneurs and representatives of corporations and the regions will discuss practical examples of successful cooperation.
Дальневосточный прорыв. Как стать лидером роста частных инвестиций
24 May 2018 09:00
Breakthrough in the Far East: How to Become a Leader for Growth in Private Investment
For the first time in the last few years, the Russian Far East has been named the leading federal district in terms of the growth rate for private investments into the regional economy. In 2017, private investment amounted to 17.1%, against the country’s average of just 4.4%. Of this figure, 9% came from residents of advanced special economic zones (ASEZs) and the Free Port of Vladivostok, which invested RUB 90 billion into the economy of the Far Eastern Federal District. The growth rate for industry in the region has exceeded the country’s average by 2.2%, for agriculture by 8.2%, and for construction by 9.2%. Over 1,200 projects worth a total of over RUB 3.7 trillion in private investment are currently underway in the Russian Far East, and 107 new facilities created by residents of ASEZs and the Free Port have already been brought into use. Two hundred projects will be complete by the end of 2018, and 350 by 2020. What factors have attracted private investment to the region? What industries are the most attractive to investors? How competitive are the ASEZs and the Free Port of Vladivostok compared to the preferential investment zones in the leading countries in the Asia-Pacific region? How effective are the ASEZs and the Free Port of Vladivostok for the project economy from an investment perspective? What mechanisms exist to attract Asian investment? What steps should the government take to attract large investors to Russia’s Far East?
Перспективы продвижения деловой повестки дня деятельности ШОС на новом этапе развития
24 May 2018 09:00
The Next Stage of the SCO Business Agenda
Collaboration within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a priority for Russia’s foreign policy. In 2017, India and Pakistan became fully fledged members of the organization. Over the past year, they have been increasingly involved in the organization’s work, and have become members of the SCO Business Council. Strengthening of the role of the Business Council in the trade and economic agenda of the SCO is considered as a necessary precondition for full realization of the potential of trade and investment cooperation. What is the common business agenda and what opportunities exist for the representatives of observer states to participate in the process? What does the future hold for the cooperation between the Business Council and the working groups of the Organization? How can we eliminate barriers to trade and foster deeper industrial and technological cooperation, including through the creation of new production chains and the use of international financial instruments?
Киберспорт – новый глобальный тренд в спорте и бизнесе
24 May 2018 09:00
Cybersport: Global Trends in Sport and Business
E-sports have become big business and are continuing to gain momentum. The audience for e-sports is growing by 25% a year and, despite its novelty, it is a promising sector for lucrative investment. In Russia, the e-sports market is outperforming even the most optimistic growth forecasts, with audience numbers approaching those enjoyed by sports such as ice hockey and basketball. E-sports were included on the Russian National Register of Sports in 2016, gaining the right to recognition as an ‘official sport’. How was this industry established and what is behind its rapid growth? What makes the e-sports market an attractive investment prospect? Could a commercially successful e-sports league be created on the Russian market?
Цифровая повестка как фактор повышения конкурентоспособности ЕАЭС
24 May 2018 09:00
The Digital Agenda as a Factor in Increasing the Competitiveness of the EAEU
The World Bank estimates that by implementing a joint digital agenda by 2025 the combined GDP of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) could add up to 1% in growth annually, create 8 million new jobs, and bring USD 50 billion in savings to businesses. These and other multiplier effects could be the result of EAEU countries joining forces in joint digital projects, as well as coordinating actions and approaches for government policies in developing the digital economy. A key milestone would be the creation of ‘one’s own centre of strength’ in a single economic space — a centre to accelerate innovation, attract investment and highly qualified staff, and promote globally competitive production. How can we ensure that such a centre of excellence is established? Construction of proprietary, competitive Eurasian digital assets — primarily digital platforms — and equitable digital partnerships are some of the possible solutions. The formation of these assets will lay the groundwork for mutually beneficial cooperation with regional and global players, and will help augment expertise and attract and maintain consumers in the EAEU digital space. What could become a driver of improved EAEU competitiveness in the global economy? What are the preconditions for building a competitive environment in the EAEU for Eurasian digital ecosystems? How can integration with the global digital space and expansion of international cooperation in a transforming economy be balanced with maintaining digital sovereignty? What areas of common interest can be identified between interregional and global digital economy initiatives and the plan for the digital transformation of the EAEU?
Цифровизация – двигатель роста и инклюзивного развития
24 May 2018 09:00
Digitalization - an Engine for Growth and Inclusive Development
The B20 is a partner group of the G20. It represents the interests of the business community and works to develop concrete proposals for G20 leaders on a consensus basis, with the objective of forming global policy to overcome key challenges. The B20 Regional Consultation Forum is a joint event held with the B20 Chair for 2018, the Group of Six. This Group brings together leading Argentinian business associations: the Argentine Bankers Association (ADEBA), the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA), the Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services (CACS), the Argentine Chamber of Construction (CAMARCO), the Argentine Rural Society (SRA), and the Industrial Chamber of Argentina (UIA). Heads of major companies and business associations, senior representatives of governmental bodies from the G20 nations, and the heads of international organizations will discuss B20 recommendations for G20 leaders. One of the key issues to be addressed is ensuring that the digital transformation becomes a driving force behind growth that is global, innovative, inclusive, and sustainable. What new business models and government policies should be employed to support these changes, including the development of a digital infrastructure, digital literacy, and related skills? How can cooperation between governments and the private sector be promoted to overcome the technological gap and ensure social sustainability and responsibility? The results of the discussion will be taken into consideration during development of the B20’s recommendations, which are to be agreed at the B20 summit in Buenos Aires in autumn 2018 before being presented at the G20 summit on 30 November to 1 December 2018.
Российская экономика на траектории роста: вызовы и решения
24 May 2018 09:00
Putting Russian Economy on a Sustained Path of Growth: Challenges and Solutions
Macroeconomic stability, resulting from a fairly strict monetary and budgetary policy, has secured the foundations for a qualitatively new, high-performing economy. What structural transformations are required to boost economic growth rates? Where can the resources be found to speed up this process? Which budgetary policies will secure trust in macroeconomic institutions, while providing the conditions necessary for accelerated growth? What might act as the next driver of economic growth?
Малый и средний бизнес: приоритеты известны, как достигать?
24 May 2018 09:00
SMEs: How to Deliver on the Priorities?
Russia has identified ten key areas for national economic growth, and growth of the small and medium-sized enterprise segment is one of the priorities. The target for the share of small businesses in the economy by 2025 is set at 40%. Over the past years, a number of incentives for entrepreneurship have been designed and introduced, including tax holidays, support programmes, access to procurement initiatives, loans at preferential rates, etc. How can these results be achieved? What measures, within the framework of existing tools, can be used to make business more attractive? Can international experience of promoting entrepreneurship be applied in Russia?
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