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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The Russian Investment Forum 2018

14-16 February 2018
Sochi, Russia
List of sessions
Мастер-классы образовательной программы Школы экспорта Российского экспортного центра
14 February 2018 11:40
Master Classes Training Programmes Delivered by the Russian Export Center’s Export School
The key objective of the master classes provided by the training programme of the Russian Export Center is to draw the attention of the relevant audience to the subject of exports and to familiarize participants with the most relevant issues examined within the REC Export School’s training programme as well as the methodology and basic principles behind how the programme is implemented. It is important to note that the Export School’s training programme is delivered in the format of business training sessions which combine theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, during the completion of which participants have the opportunity to develop skills as they receive them in real-time. The REC Export School’s foundation programme encompasses the full cycle of implementing an export project, from identifying and analysing foreign markets to preparing and making shipments. The master classes offered reveal some of the most vital and discussed topics involved and have been selected on the basis of feedback from graduates of the training course.
Коворкинг-центры как новая форма государственной поддержки начинающих предпринимателей
14 February 2018 11:40
Co-working Centres as a New Form of Government Support for Beginning Entrepreneurs
Recent years have seen the ways of organizing work and space that co-working centres have to offer gain increasing popularity in Russia. Co-working centres are characterized by their flexible organization of workspace and their aspirations to form a community of residents and an internal business culture. This format is attracting the interest of the entrepreneurial community, and especially of those entrepreneurs who operate their businesses primarily via the Internet. Platforms like these provide startups with an opportunity to reduce the costs associated with doing business during the most difficult phase — getting their business off the ground. Government co-working centres offer residents not only free and fully equipped workspaces, but also accounting and legal services, regular educational events, and access to project mentoring institutions. The idea behind government co-working centres is to provide a full spectrum of government support services in the form of a ‘package’ offer to residents. This will make it possible, using a combination of benefits, to encourage businesses to move out of the informal sector of the economy. Key issues: • A services-based approach to supporting beginning entrepreneurs • Programmes for tutoring, mentoring, and accelerating the projects of co-working centre residents • Cooperation between co-working centre residents and financial and credit organizations • Prospects for the development of co-working centers in Russia
Правовые аспекты использования криптовалют
14 February 2018 11:40
Legal Aspects of Cryptocurrencies
Key issues: • Cryptocurrencies from the Perspective of Russian Law • Global Practicies for the Legal Regulation of Cryptocurrencies • Legal Aspects of Using Cryptocurrencies as a Source of Funding for Small-Scale Business Where No Other Banking Products are Available • Attitude of Russian State Authorities to Cryptocurrencies: the Ministry of Finance, Cetral Bank, Rosfinmonitoring, and the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation. • International Financial Transactions in Cryptocurrencies: Loans, Investments, Ownership • Rights of Cryptocurrency Owners in the Russian Federation: Risks and Opportunities. • Administrative and Judicial Protection of the Interests of Cryptocurrency Owners in Russia and Worldwide • Analysis of Court Desicions on Cases Involving Cryptocurrencies • Taxation and Cryptocurrencies • The Future of Legal Regulation of the Cryptocurrencies Market in the Russian Federation
Вызовы и возможности для молодежи в цифровой экономике
14 February 2018 11:40
Challenges and Opportunities for Young People in the Digital Economy
Experts estimate that Russia will face a number of challenges within the next 5–10 years which will significantly change the requirements placed on human capital — the working population, along with its qualifications, skills and professions. How will the role of young people in the digital economy change and what can be done now? What should employers look out for when hiring young people? How can they build teams that are capable of working effectively in this new reality? Trends that are having the greatest impact on the business environment: The digitalization of the economy The digital economy has been recognized as a key economic development tool in Russia and worldwide. Digitalization could make over 6 million jobs in Russia redundant and cause changes to the requirements and structure of a further 20 million. The changing demographic profile of the population It is anticipated that the number of young people, who are among the highest contributors to society, will decreased by 29%, and that the proportion of ‘older’ people will grow by 32% (Rosstat) The growth of global competition for human capital and, as a result, an outflow of professionals away from Russia.
Социальное предпринимательство — импульс молодежных проектов
14 February 2018 14:10
Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Force behind Youth Projects
This session is aimed at showcasing successful practices in implementing youth projects, and discussing support for social and youth entrepreneurship. The session will be structured in the form of discussions between organizations offering infrastructure support for small and medium-sized business and experts and creators of successful business projects. Key issues: • Social entrepreneurship: trends in this sector of economy, legal recognition of the term, and developmental trends in the industry. • The role of the state in developing social and youth entrepreneurship. • The federal programme You are an Entrepreneur as a way to bring your project to fruition. The key activities of the programme, its achievements and future prospects. Experience in solving key problems for the programme, and success stories. Growth Areas • How youth social entrepreneurship has developed throughout the country, and its achievements and prospects. Experience in solving problems encountered involving young people in social entrepreneurship. Growth Areas
О чем не пишут в учебниках по бизнесу
14 February 2018 14:10
Things You Won’t Find in Business Textbooks
So you’ve set up your own business. You’ve read all the literature and gone through the registration stages. What now? Where do you steer your ship? How do you find your own niche? How do you survive and beat the competition? How do you build your own successful strategy not just on paper, but in practice, in THIS country, operating under THESE conditions and laws?Successful entrepreneurs from Delovaya Rossiya have done it! The participants in this section embarked on their business careers with student startups and grew to become leaders of European and Russian industries. How did they do it? Why not ask them yourself? Key issues: • The Age of Pioneers (difficulties in your initial years: how to avoid or minimize risk) • Per aspera ad astra (development strategies: a variety of options and recommendations from those who have done it) • Knocking on Heaven’s Door (how support tools actually work and which of them you should definitely use) • Russian Knights in Faraway Lands (Delovaya Rossiya’s business ambassadors talk about setting up a company abroad: how to run and maintain it)
Молодежное предпринимательство — Точка Опоры экономики страны
14 February 2018 14:10
Young Enterprise – Fulcrum of the National Economy
The future of Russia and its integrated development depend on the young generation. Particular attention is being devoted to young enterprise as one of the central pillars of the developing economy of tomorrow. Key issues: • Federal and regional support measures for young enterprise • The emergence of entrepreneurial thinking within different age groups • The creation of communities as a major tool for developing young enterprise • An experienced tutor as the key to success
Предпринимательство в эпоху осознанности: как пережить неудачу и добиться успеха
14 February 2018 14:10
Entrepreneurship in a Time of Awareness: Surviving Failure and Achieving Success
Only about 6% of the Russian population are entrepreneurs or business owners. Just 2.1% of people between 18 and 64 are interested in running a business, which is considerably lower than the European average of 11.9%. One of the key problems is that people are terrified of making a mistake. How can you learn to make mistakes, acquire valuable experience, and move on to reach new heights in business? What can you do to avoid quitting if your first efforts are not successful? What skills does today’s business person require? How can you use current conditions to develop a business?
Современный бизнес на селе: возможности и перспективы
14 February 2018 14:10
Modern Business in Rural Areas: Opportunities and Prospects
The speakers in this section will share their stories about how they have made their business successful in rural areas, how to develop your business using state aid, and how agricultural businesses can compete with large agricultural corporations in the current climate. Key issues: • State Support Measures for Businesses in Rural Areas • Cooperation for Small-Scale Businesses • Successful Business Cases from Rural Areas
Новая экономика: потенциал молодежного предпринимательства
14 February 2018 16:00
The New Economy: The Potential of Youth Entrepreneurship
The changing structure of international labour markets and the shortage of jobs for young professionals in the country’s regions are the key challenges for Russian economic development in the twenty-first century. The pull of major urban metropolises is creating imbalances in the workforce available to their small and medium-sized counterparts, and slowing the diversification of local economies. In these complex and unpredictable times, an increasingly important role is being played by young entrepreneurs, who are flexible, proactive, sensitive to innovation, and ready to change the environment around them. They possess the reserves of energy and time needed to experiment, and are developing new economic sectors based on promising ideas and advanced technologies, and creating local manufacturing industries as they revive and rethink traditional crafts. Their efforts are helpig regions to grow their human capital and establish new city brands, and the structure of international exports is changing in favour of rceative goods and services.
Роль молодежи в формировании экономики будущего
14 February 2018 17:40
The Role of Young People in Shaping the Economy of the Future
The world is now on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution, set to completely change the way we live, work and communicate. This name has been given to the current era of innovations, where advanced technologies are rapidly and radically transforming entire sectors of the economy. In shaping this future economy, there will inevitably be great changes for all involved in global politics, from the private to the public sector, as well as changes in the academic world and in society itself. Across the world, young people are the driving force behind innovation; they are the stimulus for putting new initiatives into practice, they contribute new ideas and energy, and they have enormous intellectual potential. The value of youth in the modern world is also rising due to the growing importance of the education and professional skills necessary in the context of a scientific and technological revolution. Key issues: • Young people and the fourth industrial revolution • Focus on digital technologies • Re-shaping business models • Employment market management • How do young people contribute to shaping the economy of the future?
Новый формат взаимодействия ЕАЭС: промышленная субконтрактация и кооперация
15 February 2018 09:00
A New Format for EAEU Cooperation: Industrial Subcontracting and Cooperation
Together with technology transfer, industrial subcontracting and cooperation have already long been widely used in developed industrial nations to achieve high levels of efficiency and competitiveness in manufacturing. By 2019 it is planned that work will be complete on a Eurasian network for industrial cooperation and subcontracting, which will help to optimize production processes and significantly increase competitiveness, both at the level of individual businesses and at the regional level, to raise efficiency at manufacturing plants as a whole, and to free up organizational, financial, and human resources which can then be used to develop new areas of activity. What role might a new mechanism for integration play? How will a new format for collaboration impact the industrial and economic development of EAEU member states?
Человеческий капитал — основа экономики будущего на Дальнем Востоке
15 February 2018 09:00
Human Capital: The Keystone of the Future Economy in the Russian Far East
The key driver of a new, knowledge-based economy is human capital, an area where investments can contribute to a country’s social and economic development. Human capital plays a vital role in the development of new economy of the Russian Far East. The large-scale creation of new production facilities in the Far East, initiated as a result of new development mechanisms, has brought to the forefront questions of how the macroregion can attract and retain the workforce it requires, how young specialists can be trained in areas that are in demand, and how conditions conducive to doing business can be maintained. By 2025, there will already be more than 115,000 new modern and highly productive jobs in the Russian Far East. How can we develop and invest in human capital in the Russian Far East? How can regions accumulate and develop their human capital and come out on top in the competition for people? How will businesses in the future economy ensure the growth of human capital? What modern tools and approaches can be used to assess the level of human capital?
Умный город — новое качество жизни
15 February 2018 09:00
The Smart City – A New Quality of Life
The modern city is changing the lives of its inhabitants, creating an atmosphere in which they can develop and realize their creative and intellectual potential. People today don’t just choose a flat somewhere, they look for an environment that interests them and where they feel comfortable living — from their home, to their block, to their entire neighbourhood. Quality of life has become a factor in property prices and the demand for particular areas. Cities have been joined in the competition for human capital by entire countries, with population mobility and the speed of relocation presenting a serious challenge for all developed nations. How is the quality of an urban environment evaluated by officials, business, and people themselves? How can the most important aspects be identified and attention focused on them? What is social space within the landscape of the contemporary megacity, and where is the boundary between the responsibilities of business and the consumer? How is the introduction of modern technology into the municipal economy influencing the economic and social potential of regions?
Привлечение инвестиций в инновационный сектор. Как вырастить единорога?
15 February 2018 09:00
How to Raise a Unicorn: Attracting Investment to the Innovation Sector
Over the last 30–40 years, the role of knowledge and innovation in the socioeconomic development of society has been growing at an unbelievable pace. The innovative economy is today taking on a particular relevance as one of the mechanisms accelerating economic growth. Investment resources are playing a key role in this. There is currently a shortage of long-term investment in Russia, including in terms of resources from institutional investors in the innovation sector, at a time when contributions from such investors are forming a significant share of investments abroad. Startups serve as a major generator of innovative products. Every newcomer to innovative business dreams of raising a unicorn company. Giants like Uber and Airbnb have demonstrated that raising a unicorn really is possible! A programme is already being implemented in Russia to provide state support to ‘national champions’ — fast-growing companies with the potential to increase export revenue, although the growth of companies like these is limited unless significant investment can be attracted or they go public. Who are these unicorns exactly — are they a myth, or a reality? Is there a future for Russian unicorn startups? Could the Moscow Exchange become a key mechanism for ‘rearing’ companies like these? What government support tools could be used to help unicorn companies? How realistic is it for a Russian technology company to float on the Russian stock exchange? What conditions need to be put in place in order to attract funds from institutional investors into the innovation sector of the Russian economy? What new tools need to be developed for investment in innovative companies?