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 179 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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Government Transparency in Russia

In this study, the authors pursue the broadest approach to government transparency treating it as a complex of three main components: openness of information, data, and dialog. The authors intend to publish further reports on an annual basis. The findings and the recommendations are meant to be used for the common good of the state and the public.

Russia has come a long way towards establishing government transparency, first and foremost in the sphere of creating the required regulatory framework. However, legal enforcement is largely formal, and the quality of the processes that should ensure transparency stays low. As for the open dialog component, its level of development remains unsatisfactory despite some positive results achieved a decade ago. This is largely due to a lack of clearly formulated goals and proper management.

In the authors’ opinion, to increase government transparency, Russia needs to create a single agency that would supervise transparency and coordinate the efforts in this area, including collaboration with the expert community, formulating a single set of rules for state and municipal administration, and monitoring the compliance with these rules. The authors emphasize that it’s important to bear in mind the experience with the Open Government project which has failed to become such an agency due to structural issues, low institutionalization, and a lack of any significant powers.

The transparency ratings offered in the report constitute the first attempt to make an all-round assessment of the situation with government transparency, both overall and in individual aspects. The authors have rated 22 federal ministries and 50 federal agencies. Within the scope of the rating methodology applied, ministries demonstrate the highest results in openness of information and data. Thirteen ministries (over a half) received A grades for open information and data. As for open dialog, around half of the ministries (54%) received Bs, while seven ministries (32%) had As and three (14%) had Cs.

The value of the study lies not so much in the rating process itself as in the recommendations to individual agencies on how to improve transparency. In future, besides the overall transparency rating of government authorities, the authors are planning to compile ratings on a sectoral or thematic basis to help assess transparency in specific economic or social spheres.

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