A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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.

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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Research of investment attractiveness of European countries. Russia 2018

In 2017, foreign investors invested in 238 projects — this is a record number for Russia for the entire period of the study since 2010. Asian countries showed great interest in the Russian economy: for the first time China became the leader in the number of projects involving FDI, top ten investors also included Japan and South Korea. By the end of 2017, Western European countries showed variety of trends. In 2015 and 2016, the first place in terms of new projects was occupied by Germany. However, in 2017 the number of German projects in Russia decreased to 28 (compared to 43 in 2016). The decrease in the number of new projects was also shown by France: from 20 to 11 per year. Having shown record growth in 2016, in 2017 the US reduced investment activity: the number of projects implemented decreased by half — from 38 to 19. Nevertheless, the United States took the third position in the list of the ten main countries that made FDI to Russia.

Production became the main branch of the Russian economy with the largest number of projects involving FDI. Over the past year, the number of projects in the energy sector increased by more than one and a half times — from 15 in 2016 to 26 in 2017.

The number of projects in the sphere of financial services and business services has more than doubled, from four to 10 in 2017.

According to the results of 2017, Moscow and the Moscow Region remain the most attractive for investors — 54 projects are implemented there (49 in 2016). St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region hold the second place — 17 projects are implemented there with the involvement of FDI, which is two more than in 2016. Regions increasingly attract investors: the Republic of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, Primorsky Krai, Lipetsk and Belgorod Regions showed have showed positive dynamics.

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