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 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 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, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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Office Property Market Overview (Moscow, 1-2 Quarter 2020)

ILM experts present a market report of office property in Moscow for the Q1 and Q2 2020. The report covers such indicators as commissioned office space area, absorption of office spaces, vacant areas, average basic rental rates, etc.

The Roscongress Foundation presents the salient points of the publication accompanied by fragments of broadcasts of relevant panel discussions from the business programme of international events held by the Roscongress Foundation.

Following H1 2020 results, twice less areas were commissioned as compared with last year.

Following H1 2020 results, 5 objects with total office area of 61 ths. sqm (twice less than compared with last year) were commissioned in total.

If in the Q1 adverse effect of external factors did not have such significant impact on the market, and the number of new offers amounted to 45 ths. sqm, lockdown, including shutdown at the new sites, has led to decrease in new developments by 16 ths. sqm in the Q2.

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The authors note that a trend of partial or full disposal of property as of its commissioning, will continue.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/kollektivnye-investitsii-v-arendnoe-zhile-to-trust-or-not-to-trust/search/#00:34:25.920

Following the results of two quarters, companies using office areas have shown a downward trend in activity. Net absorption showing changes in the occupied office areas, was equal to 6.4 ths. sqm, that is 175 ths. sqm less as compared with the last year.

Following the H1 results, vacation of premises in all property kinds in the Q2 2020, resulted in a negative value of total net absorption. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the purpose of cost saving, many companies have started to vacate occupied premises and transfer their employees to work from home or sub-leasing part of their premises. In terms of falling demand, net absorption for all property kinds in the last three months amounted to 92 ths. sqm.

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Despite negative value of net absorption rate, deals for rent and acquisition of larger areas are still effected at the market. Majority of such deals is effected with office spaces in shell condition, therefore, actual vacation of currently occupied premises will occur later and shall lead to additional negative impact on net absorption rate.


Average basic rental rates shown an increase in Q1 2020. In Q2 2020 the trend changed, as the pandemic impact has led to the owners’ shifting to a more flexible policy towards the tenants.

Average basic rental rates shown an increase in Q1 2020 that is firstly caused by change in the offer structure: the most in-demand premises at attractive business terms were sold or leased out. Average rate was also adjusted due to lower Russian ruble exchange rate.

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However, the trend changed in the Q2. Having understood the pandemic impact, the owners shown more flexibility towards the tenants.

Nevertheless, high-quality property demonstrates a low level of free areas, while the property owners are not ready to drastic decrease in business terms. Many major property owners also continue to maintain rental rates at the pre-crisis level.


For more information about construction as a sector with a sizeable share in many economies, rising level of digitalization, and shifts in consumer sentiment in real estate, please see the Housing and Utilities, Building and construction and StayHomeEconomy.

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