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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, 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 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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The second field session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum entitled «Russia’s regions: New Areas of Growth» took place in Yekaterinburg on February 10, 2016, attended by government officials, business people and experts.

The participants discussed ways to showcase effectively the investment and export potential of the Urals Federal District at major international events, such as the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum taking place in St. Petersburg on June 16–18.

According to Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov, such events are of considerable practical importance for development of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, particularly under the existing economic circumstances.

«The ‘Russia’s regions: New Areas of Growth’ cycle of sessions is of major practical value and is not a goal in and of itself. What’s important for us is to give practical assistance to the regions in promoting their territories and attracting big Russian and foreign investors into key investment projects. Hopefully, successful implementation of the initiatives announced will benefit both individual regions and the nation as a whole as much as possible,» Anton Kobyakov said.

The field session also covered development of small and medium-sized businesses and improvement of regions’ investment appeal. The participants received hands-on advice on how to improve their standing in the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index, which is used today to assess the work of regional officials to create conditions facilitating and aiding business development.

The series of field sessions is organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the organizer of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, jointly with the Russian Export Centre and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and with support from the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia and EY. A total of six such events are scheduled through the end of April 2016 in various Russian federal districts.