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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US residents hold 8% of Russian sovereign debt

Since the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation doesn’t provide public data on Russian sovereign debt holders, the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) bases its estimates on data from national banks (aggregated by the International Monetary Fund), foreign ministries and government funds, and information about individual holders (aggregated by Bloomberg).

Possible introduction of fresh sanctions against purchasers of Russian sovereign debt (a bill on further sanctions was introduced in the US Senate in early August) may reduce the investor base and, respectively, increase the average borrowing costs for the Russian government. Based on certain assumptions, ACRA is of the opinion that the demand for Russian sovereign debt may drop by 8–10% against the level of early 2018. The debt sanctions will mostly affect the behavior of investors in the USA, and, to a much lesser degree, in other jurisdictions. With a high degree of certainty, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund GPF can be excluded from the number of potential non-US holders of Russian sovereign debt.

External demand for Russian sovereign bonds has already decreased after the introduction of previous sanctions in April, 2018; the biggest decline was in ruble-denominated federal loan bonds (OFZs). As estimated by ACRA analysts, a 8-12% decline in demand for all types of debt (mostly from non-residents) will lead in the long run to a 0.5-0.8 pp growth in equilibrium rates of ruble-denominated government borrowings.

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