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 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 155 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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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
2–5 June 2021
St. Petersburg, Russia
forumspb.com
List of sessions
Цифровизация МСП: цифровое развитие и цифровое неравенство
2 June 2021 10:00
SME Digitalization: Digital Development and Digital Inequality
Small and medium-sized businesses are ready to transform but prefer to do so gradually. The transformation process is slowed by a lack of understanding of the benefits that arise from implementing new digital technologies. However, SMEs that refuse to digitalize are destined to fall behind their competitors. During the pandemic, self-isolation, and widespread quarantine, the integration of digital technologies into business processes — transitioning business operations to the Internet even in traditionally off-line sectors — became a matter of survival, not just necessity. IT solutions for small businesses: how effective, accessible, and interesting are they for entrepreneurs? What tools and opportunities is the IT industry ready to offer small businesses? Banks for entrepreneurs in the new digital world. Is the government ready to transition from the classical model of supporting the SME sector (benefits, subsidies, fixed infrastructural instruments, etc.) in favour of a service model (supporting business operations, remote access to support and development instruments, help creating IT models for small businesses in any sector, etc.)? What effect will the implementation of IT solutions for small businesses have on existing SME support infrastructure and development institutions, including financial ones? The reputation of entrepreneurs in the digital world. How prepared are small and medium-sized businesses for digital transformation? How quickly can they adopt collaboration and remote sales technologies? How to reduce the business expenses of implementing digital business solutions (labelling, Unified State Automated Information System (EGAIS), PLATON ETC System, Mercury Automated Information System, etc.).
Экспорт: куда и как продавать МСП
2 June 2021 12:15
Export: Where and How SMEs Can Sell
During the pandemic, the International Cooperation and Export National Project has seen substantive changes to its main goals and to the project overall. This has necessitated a ‘restart’ of existing support measures, including trade representative offices, a simplification of export regulations, logistical aid, supporting exhibitions and business missions, lending, and insuring against risk. Russian companies are currently hesitant to begin exporting due to a lack of confidence in their capacities and financial difficulties. Equally importantly, they are troubled by a lack of experience working with international partners and in foreign markets in general. There is a lack of understanding of their own capacities and a lack of expertise, even when cooperating with and receiving support from regional export assistance centres. Companies can only be competitive in global markets with support of effective state measures that are specifically tailored to the goods being exported, the size of the exporting company, shipping geography, as well as many other factors. What significant changes have been made to the International Cooperation and Export National Project and what are the results? How can public monitoring of the effectiveness and timeliness of spending be conducted, and how can corrections be made? What is the role of industry organizations in achieving results? Promoting regional export — is the ‘single window’ approach truly an effective instrument or is it just automated registration? How can exports be further increased? Are new instruments needed? KPI for exporters: who can lend a hand?
Цифровые сервисы для бизнеса
2 June 2021 16:45
Digital Services for Businesses
The development of electronic services means that the government is able implement a variety of new products for entrepreneurs and the public. How much of a burden is this on entrepreneurs, especially those with small businesses? Can entrepreneurs’ mandatory digital service expenses be reimbursed? • The government’s strategy in developing digital services for entrepreneurs • The role of digitalization in shining a light on shadowed sectors • New approaches to tax administration • Services of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation
Деловой завтрак с Марией Захаровой «ИноСМИ-иноагенты в России»
3 June 2021 08:00
Business Breakfast for Foreign Media Agents with Maria Zakharova
The concept of ‘foreign media’ or ‘foreign agent’ arouses keen interest and many questions. Who might it apply to? What responsibilities are conferred by this status? How should foreign media conduct their business in accordance with the law?
Устойчивое развитие. Повестка многосторонних институтов
3 June 2021 09:00
Sustainable Development on the Agenda of Multilateral Institutions
In 2021 the Trianon Dialogue, a civil society forum jointly held by Russia and France, will focus on challenges linked to the environment, healthcare and science, and particularly the role of technologies in these areas. In autumn 2021, France is set to hold the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, one of the key events in the sustainable development calendar. As part of a session entitled «Sustainable development on the agenda of multilateral institutions», the Trianon Dialogue will be at the forefront of widening the circle of participants and inviting discussion on the climate policies of Russia, France and other European countries, as well as on environmental awareness-building, the implementation of ‘green technologies’, and collaboration with multilateral institutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and decarbonize the economy.
На пути к юбилею: новые горизонты экономического сотрудничества в рамках ШОС
3 June 2021 09:00
Taking Stock and Broadening Horizons for New Economic Partnerships in the SCO
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The SCO is a fast-growing intergovernmental organization that is playing an increasingly important role in international affairs, having proven to be effective at facilitating collaboration across all areas, including politics, security, the economy, and humanitarian ties. The organization has now amassed significant practical experience, which not only enables it to respond to emerging challenges and threats in a timely and judicious way, but also to develop ambitious plans for the future. A number of priorities were put forward during the Russian Federation’s presidency of the SCO in 2019–2020. These included further consolidation in order to achieve sustained development within the organization, improving coordination efforts on foreign policy, and raising the international stature of the SCO. As the world continues to combat the spread of the coronavirus, it has become even more crucial to ensure biomedical security and identify collective solutions in order to address the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. Steps need to be taken to align decisions taken by individual member states in order to mitigate the negative impact on people and the wider economy. In this new environment, what needs to be done to facilitate inclusive economic development across all areas of collaboration, create new areas of growth, and make SCO nations more attractive to investors? What role will SCO nations play in addressing the impact of the pandemic, and in building a new economy for the post-COVID era? What should be done to improve coordination and efficiency, and to involve the business sector more closely in the 2021–2025 Action Plan for the 2025 Development Strategy?
Российская экономика: от антикризисной повестки к устойчивому развитию
3 June 2021 09:00
The Russian Economy: From the Anti-Crisis Agenda to Sustainable Development
The pandemic has completely reshaped the world and how people live. Remote working, reduced material consumption, limited mobility, and social distancing are all features of the new reality. Many processes and habits that were expected to take several years to emerge did so in just a few months. The pandemic has given rise to a wave of transformation and structural change, and the economy needs to adapt to these new conditions as rapidly as possible. What are the primary changes brought about by the pandemic, and what norms, behaviours and rules will reshape the economy in the near future? What can be done to adapt to the new normal quickly and accelerate recovery? How might Russia capitalize on new growth opportunities that may emerge in the post-crisis environment?
«Зеленая повестка»: векторы развития и источники финансирования
3 June 2021 09:00
New Directions and Sources of Financing for the Green Agenda
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entire world to rethink the concept of sustainable development, and most developed countries, particularly in the European Union, are basing economic recovery efforts on ESG principles with the objective of making the world a greener place. Under its Green Deal, the EU aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and the called-for transition to renewables will cause a decline in demand for Russian energy resources. Indeed, under the baseline scenario, the EU’s carbon tax is expected to negatively impact the Russian economy to the tune of more than EUR 33 billion between 2025 and 2030. And despite a number of successful initial green finance bond launches by Russian issuers, Russia is only just beginning to implement ESG approaches. By 2023, green technologies could grow to become a RUB 3-trillion industry in Russia. However, sustainability projects, let alone climate-protection projects, are costly, and presently only offer low returns. It is therefore essential for Russia to establish a green finance system. With a national taxonomy in place, it would be possible to verify projects and attract finance from Russian and foreign investors.
Цифровой прорыв транспорта России: быстрые победы для государства и бизнеса
3 June 2021 09:00
The Digital Breakthrough in Russian Transport: Quick Wins for the State and Business
Futurists have estimated that self-driving cars will fill the roads by 2033, something that seemed like an impossible fantasy only a few years ago. Initial projects to launch autonomous taxis are already underway in Russia, with further plans for long-haul freight transportation, maritime navigation, and passenger rail transport. At the same time, the digital transformation has made its presence felt across passenger and freight logistics, from workflow to the possibility of ordering deliveries and booking trips in a single click. Active development in these areas is being supported through projects led by the Russian Ministry of Transport and top companies, as part of a broader strategy to transform the entire transport industry, from quick wins to the pursuit of long-term national goals. Which strategic areas of development in Russia’s transport sector will transform logistics in 2021, and what will the picture look like in 2024 and even 2030? What are the projects that will elevate Russia to a position of global leadership in the introduction of cutting-edge technologies to all modes of transport? When will passenger journeys and freight deliveries become completely seamless? Is it possible to make the leap from experiments in road freight transportation to the expansion of electronic workflow into all modes of transport by the end of 2021?
IFC + ESG: переосмысление миссии финансовых центров
3 June 2021 09:00
IFC + ESG: Rethinking the Mission of Financial Centers
The financial and investment markets have undergone profound changes over the past decade. These have included a new regulatory landscape in the wake of the 2007–2008 crisis, rapid digitalization, the creation of a new class of green assets, the development of new investment models, and of course, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest global challenge — the transition to a low-carbon economy — has already been included in many governments’ post-pandemic green recovery strategies. The decarbonization agenda has placed completely new requirements on economic agents, be they investors or business operators. This is affecting how investment projects are structured, financial instruments are selected, and how the entire investment and production chain is monitored. And financial institutions, investment agencies, investment funds, and global corporations are not the only key players in these processes — civil society and non commercial actors are also strong advocates. As economic models are being rethought, how should investment mechanisms be adjusted, and how should institutions, financial instruments, and business models be transformed to align with sustainable development policies and the ESG agenda? What is the role of financial centres in this process, and how might they contend with the challenge of developing new practices and skills needed for a low-carbon economy? What steps should finance centres take to become efficient distributors of capital based on sustainable development principles at a national and global level?
Транспортный каркас экономики
3 June 2021 09:00
Transport as the Backbone of the Economy
The most important task currently facing government is the systematic construction of an infrastructure backbone that can facilitate resource flows to support economic development. This encompasses the implementation of national programmes aimed at creating and developing international transport corridors, forming the basis of successful global economic integration and allowing the state to effectively carry out its transportation functions. Another important task is the construction of a domestic road network. The creation of a new transport backbone will be a key objective of the ‘Safe and High-Quality Roads’, ‘Developing the National Road Network’ and ‘Modernizing Passenger Transport in Urban Agglomerations’ national projects.
Россия – Катар
3 June 2021 09:00
Russia – Qatar
Investment and economic relations between Russia and Qatar continue to develop and concrete results have already been achieved. The Russia—Qatar Business Dialogue is a high-level discussion platform dedicated to the further development of investment opportunities between the nations. What challenges do both countries face in creating a favorable environment to bring business projects to fruition? What new horizons and opportunities are opening up for Russian—Qatari economic relations and what is their respective and joint potential role in the global economy?
Предпринимательство и занятость в эпоху гиганомики
3 June 2021 11:00
Entrepreneurship and Employment in the Age of Giganomics
Across the world, digital platforms are penetrating new markets, stimulating supply and demand, and transforming the long-standing practices of entire economic sectors. We have become used to saying things like «I’ll get an Uber» or «I’ll order it on Amazon», but big companies could never become synonymous with everyday amenities without people. Every journey and every purchase is made possible by the work of taxi companies and self-employed drivers, small online stores and local restaurants. The IT companies that have created tech products for instant taxi bookings and online purchases are now launching projects that may seem unusual for the tech business, investing millions of dollars in insurance and support programmes for drivers and couriers, helping to improve the industry’s reputation, and establishing funds to support partners through the pandemic. Have the tech giants been forced into taking these steps, or is this a natural stage in their evolution? Where are the social initiatives launched by digital platforms headed and how can they be synchronized with government projects? How can digital business and the state work more effectively together to develop small businesses and increase people’s incomes?
Экономика неограниченных ресурсов
3 June 2021 11:00
An Economy of Unlimited Resources
Around 70 million tonnes of household waste are produced in Russia every year, and this figure is continuing to grow. Today, only 7% of household waste is sorted and recycled, with the remaining 93% going to landfills, often without any preliminary sorting. As well as damaging the environment and people’s health, the prevailing practice of disposing household waste at landfill sites also represents a waste of resources that could have otherwise been recycled. It is therefore imperative to increase processing and recycling of household waste as much as possible in the interests of sustainable development. The creation of a comprehensive waste processing system in Russia could lead to landfill sites becoming a thing of the past, as is the case in several developed countries. How can the principle of ‘zero waste to landfills’ be made into a reality and what is its role in the introduction of the zero waste concept as part of Russia’s wider transition to a circular economy? How many factories specializing in energy recovery from municipal solid waste should Russia build in order to solve the problem of landfill sites and dumping grounds in major cities?
Риски санкций для мировой финансовой системы и международного бизнеса
3 June 2021 11:00
Risks Sanctions Pose to the Global Financial System and International Business
The last two decades have seen a significant increase in the number of restrictive measures imposed on countries, economic sectors and corporations. The risk of sanctions has long since extended beyond ‘marginal’ and ‘shadow’ sectors of the economy, and today affects major multinational companies around the world, with banks and the financial sector at the most serious risk. Sanctions present a threat to both the financial infrastructure of the ‘target country’ and foreign banks. In recent years, major banks such as UniСredit, Standard Chartered and JPMorgan Chase have had to pay fines for violating sanctions regimes. Restrictions imposed in order to serve political ends may interfere with the normal functioning of the global financial system. The transformation of the dollar into a weapon carries the threat of unforeseen shocks. Restrictions on the financial sector are also associated with human rights issues, particularly a lack of access to financial services (underbanking) for large groups of citizens. The risk of sanctions is also growing in other sectors of the economy. China has been subject to landmark sanctions on a host of telecommunications and manufacturing companies. In India, attention is focused on US bans on the purchase of Iranian oil and deals outlining military-industrial cooperation with Russia. The European Union is looking seriously at the threat of extraterritorial sanctions by third countries. There is significant interest in discussing the issue among US-based companies, which are facing the risk of fines from their own government. The intensity and indiscriminate nature with which sanctions are deployed suggests that a targeted political tool is now becoming all-encompassing. In the context of eroding international norms, they also serve as a kind of regulator of relations between countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has had almost no effect on the intensity of sanctions. Restrictions are now being applied even more heavily in a number of areas. How are geopolitical issues related to the use of sanctions? What will be the consequence of transforming the dollar into a weapon and a site of political leverage? Why is the financial sector most vulnerable to sanctions? Should we expect a new escalation in sanctions against Russia? How can the risk of sanctions be managed at the level of business, the state and international organizations?