A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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, and 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 126 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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The Roscongress Foundation has continued its cycle of events on the topic of ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ in collaboration with the Russian Export Center (REC) and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). These sessions are aimed at broadening investment opportunities, improving the export potential of Russia’s regions, and promoting specific areas.

A regional SPIEF session titled ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth — The Arctic Agenda’, organized with the support of the Murmansk Regional Government, was held on 15 November 2017 as part of the 6th Murmansk International Business Week.

The main topic of discussion was how to draw the attention of potential investors to the development of the Arctic regions. Participants discussed the growth of manufacturing and the expansion of the regions’ export potential.

Taking part in the session were representatives of government and business from Murmansk Region and other areas of Russia. Among those attending were Governor of Murmansk Region Marina Kovtun, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexey Texler, Deputy Director of the Second European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Petrovich, Regional Communications Director at the Russian Export Center Dmitry Makeyev, Minister of Economic Development for Murmansk Region Elena Tikhonova, Executive Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Viktor Cherepov, Deputy General Director of Rosenergoatom Pavel Ipatov, and Director of the Department for Relations with Federal and Regional Authorities at Norilsk Nickel Andrey Grachev. Also invited to join the discussion were Deputy Director General at Atomflot Andrey Smirnov, Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Murmansk Erik Svedahl, and Consul General of the Republic of Korea in St. Petersburg Lee Jin Khen.

At the plenary session, participants discussed the development of state policy in the Arctic, the cultivation of interregional and international ties, the significance of international factors, and cooperation in the Barents/Euro-Arctic Region.

As Marina Kovtun noted: «Over many years, and indeed centuries, our country has established a strong foundation for promoting our national interests in the Arctic. Russia continues to be a world leader in Arctic research.»

Alexey Texler noted that the integrated development of the Russian Arctic is dependent on how effectively support areas can be established. Arctic development is a policy priority, and creates additional demand for a reliable supply of fuel and energy. «It is crucial that energy infrastructure does not become a bottleneck hindering the implementation of the complex investment projects planned here.»