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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Russia House in Davos – 2020

20-24 January 2020
Davos, Switzerland
List of sessions
Управление рисками или кризисом: почему превентивные меры лучше восстановления?
21 January 2020 10:00
Risk or Crisis Management - Why Prevention better than Mitigation?
This session is designed to discuss the various approaches to ensuring cyber resilience at the local, regional and global levels. Is it better to focus on preventive measures or the mitigation of the effects of cyberattacks? In other words, is it wiser to invest in risk management or crisis management? During the session, the speakers will analyze the increasing involvement of countries and organizations in cybersecurity issues and explore the essential steps for avoiding a cyber crisis.
Катар и Россия: тенденции рынка прямых инвестиций на развивающихся рынках
21 January 2020 14:30
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
Investment inflows to developing countries have increased over the past three decades. The development priorities of emerging markets include achieving sustainable economic development by strengthening technological capacities and professional skills of the population, creating better employment opportunities and thus distributing the growth benefits for future generations. The competitive global business environment requires national economies to focus on innovation, transformative industries, and rapidgrowth with strong returns. Innovative investments tools have emerged such as venture investment, Russia has observed increasingventure interest in technology space. However, the current competitive context of a globalizing world economy in which economic activity takes place imposes considerable pressures on emerging countries to upgrade their capabilities if they are to achieve these objectives. This panel will address opportunities and challenges for both global investors and the emerging markets they engage.
Токенизация реальных активов. Реальная ценность крипто-экономики
21 January 2020 16:00
Tokenization of Real Assets. The Real Value of the Crypto Economy
The turbulent birth of the crypto economy garnered significant attention and led to the emergence of numerous new concepts and tools (cryptocurrency, distributed registries, decentralized societies, fundraising and venture capital investments), but so far the crypto economy has had only a minor influence on the real economy. The complexity of the tools and lack of regulatory framework has made the crypto-economy niche popular among investors willing to take high risks. Recent attempts by companies to issue mass cryptocurrencies (Libra, TON) have led to fierce resistance from governments and regulators. Everything is changing radically with stable tokens linked to a particular security. Can the tokenization of real assets lead to the mass adoption of crypto? Has a new window of opportunity opened?
Неравенство как барьер экономического роста
22 January 2020 12:00
Inequality: A Barrier to Economic Growth
Globalization and technological development have played major roles in increasing prosperity over the last few decades. However, they have also led to significant inequality in the distribution of economic benefits. After the global financial crisis, both developed and emerging economies expressed growing concern over increasing inequality. More and more often, economists find themselves talking about inequality as, not just as a consequence, but a possible cause of slowed global economic growth. Today, rifts are growing in the distribution of profits and wealth among various subsections of the population and in access to basic social goods such as healthcare, education, and housing. Inequality also influences the efficacy of ‘social elevators’. What are ways to increase the inclusivity of economic growth, such as national and international taxation systems, social and regional policies, labour market regulation, and digitalization?
Отцы и дети: конфликт поколений как взгляд на ESG проблематику
22 January 2020 13:30
Fathers and Sons: ESG Issues and the Generation Gap
Environment (E), social (S) and governance (G) issues are three pillars of sustainability that are not directly related to the financial or operational performance of a company, but which are becoming increasingly important for stakeholders. Today, ESG issues are one of the key elements of the global business sustainability agenda, and they have gone far beyond cooperation between investors and shareholders to affect employees, business partners, regulators, governments and consumers. Future demand for a company’s products and services will be determined by representatives of generations Y and Z, whose values differ from those of generation X, the latter of which includes owners and top managers of companies. What are responsible companies doing today to meet the values and requirements of the future generation of consumers, employees, regulators and other stakeholders in 10 years’ time? How do companies determine their stakeholders and how do they build links with them? How do companies balance the interests of their shareholders and other key stakeholders? What can Russia offer the global business community in terms of experience and new ideas?
Культурные связи России как диалог с Западом
22 January 2020 16:00
Cultural Ties to Enhance Cooperation between Russia and the West
Today, the traditional channels of international dialogue in politics and business are no longer fulfilling their objectives. Culture has always served as a stable mediator that has united politics, business and society in an international context. Today, cultural and charitable projects can provide both a platform for meetings and a means by which all parties can communicate on an equitable basis. How are international cultural projects helping to overcome the current stagnation, break the ice and promote international dialogue? Russia has always been a purveyor of important cultural events and is still considered a leader in many areas of classical art. What needs to be done today to preserve this heritage, continue the tradition and enhance the country’s standing in this area? How can we achieve a breakthrough in international cooperation in respect to cultural projects? What modern cultural trends have the potential to create new sustainable ties and create maximum value among all stakeholders? Can culture help restore good relations between Russia and the West as a whole? How can business stand to benefit? Will this be harmful to culture?
Развитие стратегического диалога Европа – Россия
22 January 2020 18:00
Europe-Russia Diplomacy Exchange
Despite the fractures opened up in relations with the West in recent years, Russia remains Europe’s natural strategic partner in addressing regional and global challenges. Russia and Europe share a geographical neighbourhood and decades of history of extensive cooperation and exchange. On the agenda: — Common values that underpin the Europe-Russia relationship — Opportunities to collaborate in the economic space — Cooperation on innovation and technology, science and research or healthcare and education
Национальные стратегии развития искусственного интеллекта в России и в мире
22 January 2020 19:00
National AI Strategies in Russia and the World
In the Russian Federation and globally, the development of new technologies and ecosystems supporting their implementation, remains one of the key drivers for diversification of the countries’ economies. Technologies such as AI hold the promise of solving some of society’s most pressing issues, but also present risks, such as inscrutable algorithms, unethical use of data and potential job displacement. Currently, many countries are building their national AI strategies that will help address those challenges and focus on deploying a safe and responsible technology capable of increasing the economic potential. What can countries learn from each other in building national AI strategies? Can there be a long-term global AI strategy? What are the fields where collaboration is possible between Russia and other countries in the field of AI?
Friends for Leadership 2020: новые горизонты глобального сотрудничества для устойчивого развития
23 January 2020 13:00
Friends for Leadership 2020: New Perspectives for Global Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development
2020 opens a new decade of global challenges and instability. In the commemorative year of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, the global community is eager to find new formats of cooperation to shift the focus from confrontational engagement towards creative and sustainable joint development. Young leaders and entrepreneurs are playing an active role in this process, developing local innovative solutions to critical problems in all areas of human development. Specific projects and best practices related to social entrepreneurship, education, technology, sustainable cities and the promotion of the UN sustainable development goals will be presented at the session of the Friends for Leadership permanent international pool of young leaders engaged in the development and promotion of multilateral projects in the realm of economic and humanitarian cooperation.
Квантовые вызовы будущего
23 January 2020 16:00
Quantum Challenge for the Future
The first quantum revolution, which was marked by the development of physics in the first half of the 20th century, led to the emergence of nuclear weapons, transistors, lasers, and subsequently mobile telephone communications and the Internet. The end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century was marked by a second quantum revolution whose consequences are still difficult to predict. This all led to the emergence of multiple quantum technologies, most of which are currently under development, while some are already in the stage of being applied on an experimental basis. One of the most promising areas in the development of quantum technologies is quantum computing, which will support the next round of technological breakthroughs and economic growth in many countries. Countries in which people have skills in creating quantum computers — a device that can use quantum effects to solve problems that are not available to the most powerful «classic» supercomputers — will be able to gain a long-term advantage and become leaders in the quantum race. But the main question is: what challenges will we face in the new quantum era?