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, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, and supports the development of the Friends for Leadership international youth movement, which is working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 76 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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Global Consumer Insights Survey 2020

PwC’s experts examines responses taken both before and after the COVID-19 outbreak in an attempt to gain an understanding of consumer behaviour in cities, and to assess the implications for businesses.

The consumer transformed. Changing behaviours are accelerating trends along a reinvented customer purchase journey. The technology and science writer William Gibson once wrote, «The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed.» Gibson’s point is that the future isn’t the same, or doesn’t arrive at the same pace, for everyone. PwC’s experts believe the implication of Gibson’s words is that with the right tools and talent, companies can meet market disruption head-on and ‘Reinvent the Future’ for their own particular organisation. And for companies that cater to the end consumer, the future is arriving more quickly than anyone imagined just a few short months ago, accelerating digital trends that had already been transforming consumer behavior. The coronavirus pandemic, for example, has accelerated the pace of behavioural changes around the world — how people work, eat, communicate, play and learn. And this extends to consumption patterns, too, in every category, including groceries, entertainment, healthcare. Businesses need to understand how this new world affects all of their touch points with the customer if they are to actively reinvent their own future and not be at the mercy of external events. The World Bank notes that 80% of global GDP is generated in cities. In order to understand how consumer behaviour has changed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, PwC polled people living in urban centres, given the fact that cities are vibrant centres of education and innovation. The survey conducted before the pandemic drew responses from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, US, Vietnam, and the Middle East. The subsequent survey, conducted after the pandemic, drew responses from China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the Middle East. Forty-five per cent of respondents said that they have used their mobile phone to do their shopping more often since the COVID-19 outbreak. Fifty-six per cent of those surveyed thought that their city is effectively managing the negative impact of the coronavirus. Sixty-nine per cent said that COVID-19 had made them more focused on taking care of their mental health and wellbeing. Having analysed the results of the survey data, PwC has developed four foundational insights which are each related to changes in consumer behaviour across various aspects of life. These questions and insights will help entrepreneurs understand what exactly could change in their relationship with consumers.

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