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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“We’ve created a ‘death economy’. There must be another way”

At a session entitled ‘John Perkins on transforming turmoil’, which was held at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2017, founder of the firm Dream Change and author of the renowned book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, explains the difference between the ‘life economy’ and ‘death economy’ and why humanity should choose the former.

On the ‘death economy’

We have created something that I call a «death economy» — an economy based on destroying resources and exploiting the Earth. <...> We have created a system that can’t go on. We can’t continue digging up the Earth, destroying the air, destroying the climate — there has to be another way.

On the mistakes corporations make

I think corporations in the United States have made a lot of mistakes, I think the government made a lot of mistakes and, instead of doing really good things in the world, they did a lot of exploitation. <...> CEOs of corporations want to create a better world, but they are afraid to do so because, if they loose a small percentage of their market share, their profits will go down and stakeholders will fire them. So they face a dilemma.

On technology

We have created amazing technologies: medicine, art, music, but now we understand that maybe we have gone too far.

On transitioning to a new kind of economy

It’s time to change and we have reached the point beyond equilibrium. We need to move to a «life economy», an economy based on cleaning up pollution, regenerating the environment. <...> We have seen huge changes in the last five years regarding production of resources. Last year in the US was the first one when production of renewables was greater than that of fossil fuels.

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