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 162 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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Financial stability in Kazakhstan has reached its pre-crisis level

The experts from the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) assess the financial market of Kazakhstan using their own index named ACRA SFSI KZ (Structural Financial Stress Index for Kazakhstan). This index measures financial stability of the country and assesses its vulnerability to specific risks by aggregating information regarding maturities and currency profile of assets and liabilities of economic agents (financial companies, non-financial companies, population, and state). Like in many other oil-exporting countries, in Kazakhstan the currency risk is stronger than the interest rate risk, and the level of financial system stress depends on the FX rate volatility rather than the spread of interest rates.

In early 2018, ACRA SFSI KZ continued sliding and reached 0.52 pts by the end of 1Q2018. The index is now very close to its pre-crisis level: in 2010–2013, its value was equal to zero. The growth of financial stability in the first half of 2018 was due to, first, an absence of tenge exchange rate fluctuations and a low interest rate spread, and second, due to divergent trends in the currency and liquidity imbalance.

Currency imbalance in the country’s economy has shrunk, mainly because it has decreased in the financial sector. Conversely, the liquidity imbalance has increased, primarily due to its growth in the non-financial sector. According to ACRA analysts, in the second half of 2018, possible risks for the financial system of Kazakhstan include a growing demand for foreign currency and an increasing imbalance in the economy, while the liquidity imbalance isn’t expected to change much, provided that there are no considerable external shocks.

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