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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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
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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.
Дальний Восток: ресурсный фронтир или двигатель роста?
3 June 2021 09:00
The Far East: Resource Frontier or Driver of Growth?
In 2015, an incentive system was put in place to spur investment in industry and infrastructure in the Russian Far East. Over time, this unparalleled initiative has proven to be highly effective. To date, more than 2,600 investors have taken advantage of various support measures, and more than RUB 5.4 trillion in investment has been put to work, with GRP growth in the Far East outstripping national figures. While manufacturing across Russia as a whole grew by 12.2% between 2015 and 2020, in the Far Eastern Federal District it grew by 23.1%, and between 2018 and 2020, per-capita investment in fixed capital in the Far Eastern Federal District exceeded the national average by 40%. Four regions in the Far Eastern Federal District were also included in the Agency for Strategic Initiatives’ investment climate top-30 list. Currently, the economy of the Russian Far East is heavily centred around the primary sector. As well as impacting efficiency, this situation makes companies in the Far East more vulnerable to volatility on the domestic and international markets. How can industry be reshaped and mature in the Far East? What steps need to be taken in order to enact qualitative structural reforms while preserving growth? What can be done to remove infrastructure-related barriers in the region, and open international markets to Russian companies? Where will funding to foster a new technological leap come from?
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.
Эволюция роли малого бизнеса: новые вызовы, новые цели
3 June 2021 09:00
The Changing Face of Small Business: New Challenges and Objectives
The pandemic has had a massive impact on all areas of life. Over the past year, most business owners have overhauled and adapted their business to adjust to the new normal. Entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important for the economy and for the social development of society. Involving the business community in solving socio-economic issues is in line with a policy of sustainable development and can help achieve Russia’s national development goals. How have the key priorities of SMEs and the state changed? How can we achieve national goals and facilitate sustainable business development? Do SMEs need digital transformation? What knowledge do businesses need today to be successful tomorrow? What is the role of associations in supporting small businesses during the pandemic?
Россия – Финляндия
3 June 2021 09:00
Russia–Finland
Climate-related aspects include the physical risks caused by climate change, which could alter the fundamentals of supply and demand of many goods and services. These risks could have adverse effects on the environment, contractors, and societies. Climate-related transition risks may affect potential new businesses, investment and technologies. Climate and resource issues are essential for companies that are committed to sustainability. In order to successfully develop sustainable performance, all stakeholders have to take a common view on the priorities. The growing awareness and concern about climate change will increase demand for low-carbon and resource- and energy-efficient products and services. Finnish companies operating in Russia are committed to improving sustainability. Today, many companies are already operating based on circular economy principles and are utilizing waste stream materials efficiently. Employee wellbeing, health and safety are important for Finnish companies, and business ethics and compliance are monitored closely. Similarly, Russian companies operating in Finland and with Finnish companies have been keen to improve their ESG practices. There is still room to strengthen this co-operation even further. How could cooperation between Finland and Russia allow companies to achieve their sustainability goals more quickly? How could companies share best practice in corporate governance, stakeholder engagement and the use of green bonds and other financial instruments?
Венчурная экономика развивающихся стран
3 June 2021 09:00
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
COVID has become a driver of accelerated growth of the digital economy. Industries that rely on digitalization of conventional offline areas of the economy are growing by tens or even hundreds percent annually, while the traditional, brick-and-mortar economy is bordering on a recession. Experts also agree that there is now a surplus of cash available in capital markets. Put together, this bodes well both for the launch of new business ideas and for existing startups going public. How can companies effectively tap the venture investment market and get access to new business ideas and projects? How can funds build an efficient funnel of selection and competition for the best and brightest, and which criteria to apply? How can VCs and corporation collaborate? What strategies and return on investment horizons do venture funds see today? What does it mean to be a successful VC or a successful startup in present-day reality?
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?
Электронная торговля в ЕАЭС. Образ 2025 года
3 June 2021 09:00
E-Commerce in the EAEU by 2025
One of the most striking effects of the pandemic has been the huge growth of e-commerce. However, figures for Russia are still comparatively low. The average number of online purchases made per person per year in China is now 30, in Japan it is 25, while in Russia it is a little over five. Given the potential for development, e-commerce is becoming a strategic sector in the EAEU, and it is vital to address a range of issues concerning regulation, infrastructure, and others if the sector is to realize its potential. What are the priorities for the EAEU’s e-commerce roadmap under its 2025 development strategy? What measures can be taken to solve the most pressing issues that e-commerce businesses are already facing today? And what can be done to shore up public support and ensure that new regulations do not inhibit user demand?
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?