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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XIV Eurasian Economic Forum

28-29 October 2021
Verona, Italy
forumverona.com
List of sessions
28 October 2021 14:30
Session 1 - Greater Eurasian Partnership from the Atlantic to the Pacific: is it Possible?
There are various regional and interregional institutions in the Greater Eurasia: European Union, Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan), New Silk Road, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam; Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea). How can their cooperation contribute to strong, sustainable economic development that respects people and the environment? Can their strategies work together to overcome the global crisis, bring about economic and social development, ease tensions between East and West, and find a new multipolar geopolitical, social, and economic order?
28 October 2021 15:45
Session 2 - Natural Gas and the Green Economy
Natural gas is crucial to accompany the energy industry towards its decarbonization by supporting the development of green gas and by digitalizing infrastructures. How will global demand for natural gas evolve? What are the prospects for the introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier? What is the strategy of the leading energy companies and what changes do they intend to make in their development?
28 October 2021 16:45
Session 3 - Ecological Transition and Circular Economy
The current economic system of intensive production and consumption based on capital accumulation and infinite growth is no longer sustainable in terms of resource use. Therefore, there is a need to support a system based on sustainable development, environmental, social, and economic pillars. The aim is to revive the economy and the manufacturing industries, focusing on environmental protection and appreciation of nature. This will enable an effective response to the climate crisis which has developed into a phase of emergency and urgency, with tragic reductions in biodiversity, with deep inequalities between different hemispheres, peoples, and generations. This is a challenging task to be performed gradually: you should neither panic, nor be overly optimistic.
29 October 2021 10:00
Session 5 - New Challenges and Opportunities for the Financial and Banking Sector in a COVID-19 Pandemic
The health and economic pandemics that have engulfed much of the globe admit expecting that they will not be overcome too quickly, which could accelerate processes likely to dramatically alter the underlying social and economic conditions. How will the financial and banking sector respond to deglobalization, the demand to accelerate FinTech and the financial development to achieve sustainable growth? How do banks see the mid-term and long-term future of their industry? What role will the financial and banking sector take on in the green economy transition?
29 October 2021 11:00
Session 6 - Technological Innovation and Digital Transition as Driving Forces for Inclusive and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development
What impact do these technologies have on manufacturing processes and hard infrastructure, what is their role in trade and economic cooperation between Europe and Greater Eurasia? Transport, infrastructure, manufacturing, energy, tourism will change. The industry is moving from hard-to-abate sectors to electrification.
29 October 2021 12:00
Session 7 - The pharmaceutical industry has shown extraordinary resilience in the COVID-19 environment, becoming one of the drivers of economic development. How long will this last?
The pandemic and the global economic slowdown have questioned priorities for economic development. Some sectors are expanding rapidly in the environment that has changed, while others are struggling. How sustainable are these trends? How are different economic sectors responding to the new challenges? Which industries are set to change fundamentally as economic growth recovers? What is the future of economic interdependence between countries and regions? How can we build a new, human-centered economy?
29 October 2021 14:30
Session 8 - Finding Ways to Overcome the Neoliberal Socioeconomic System
Going back to development after the COVID-19 emergency and its containment measures can pose the danger of falling into the trap of merely restoring a neoliberal economic model, with little improvement in the health system, insufficient to tackle the next pandemic. There is an urgent need to understand that a pandemic is not a black swan, nor is it an unexpected or unpredictable event. Nor is it an exogenous shock. Unfortunately, this is one of the inevitable consequences of the Anthropocene, the modern geological epoch during which the Earth has been experiencing heavy impact, globally and regionally, by human activities. The consequences have been amplified greatly by the neoliberal system which has shaped economic and political life in the vast majority of the world for over 50 years, producing inhuman megacities and growing endemic social inequality. There is now widespread demand for an alternative model to neoliberalism, which is considered to be trumped even by the world’s biggest multinational corporations and the organizers of the World Economic Forum in Davos, including Klaus Schwab, its Founder and President. In his latest book, COVID-19: The Great Reset, he proposes overcoming shareholder capitalism in favor of new capitalism focused on private corporations as trustees of society, instead of shareholders. Corporations should become custodians of society, protect human and workers’ rights, promote sustainable economic development, and create value for all their shareholders: employees, customers, suppliers, local communities. Even multinational corporations must not only follow the interests of their immediate stakeholders but behave as shareholders of our global future — in cooperation with governments and society. How convincing is the alternative to neoliberalism proposed by Klaus Schwab? Is there an actual deep connection between the collective good and responsibility and the ability of the system of major companies to achieve this? How reasonable is it to entrust the management of post-neoliberalism to the players responsible for the collapse of the neoliberal economic order? What role does the state play in this process? Since such a perspective remains embedded in a unipolar concept of international governance, what chances does it have for worldwide success, with recent demands for multipolar governance being heard?