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 163 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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‘Smart’ Utilities in a ‘Smart City’. Digitalization and its Impact on the Quality of Life to be Discussed in Moscow

Projects of regional programmes for municipal services’ digitalization, as part of the ‘Smart City’ project implementation, should be developed and presented to the Ministry of Construction of Russia before 28 December 2018. This was announced on Monday by Andrey Chibis, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

‘Smart City’, the departmental project of the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities, was approved by the order of Minister Vladimir Yakushev on 31 October 2018. The project will be implemented as part of two national projects: ‘Digital Economy’ and ‘Housing and Urban Environment’.

Target indicators of the project include: transition of data from housing, public utilities, landscaping, urban planning and architecture into a machine-readable form; creating digital tools for residents’ participation in the decision-making process related to urban development; growing share of management companies and resource-supplying enterprises using automated dispatch systems; increasing the number of apartment buildings connected to automated systems for utility resources’ accounting.

In mid-November, the Ministry of Construction reported that it provided the regional authorities with the ‘Smart City’ project guidelines that the regional programmes should follow. The guidelines were developed in accordance with the ‘Digital Economy’ programme concept and are based on best international practices. The document clarifies how to structure regional and city projects on urban infrastructure digitalization, and also contains a set of technological mechanisms for industry sectors, which allow to increase efficiency of introducing smart solutions into urban life. Regional programmes should be presented to the Ministry of Construction by the end of the year.

«For the successful implementation of the ‘Smart City’ project, we provide guidelines and organizational support for the regions; in addition, the ‘Smart City Solutions Bank’, which is available for them, presents a set of technologies and solutions that can already be implemented based on existing experience. Those practices that are published online have already proven their efficiency: in some cases, the profit from using „smart solutions“ covers the cost of their implementation tenfold,» Andrey Chibis notes.

What should be done by the regions of the Russian Federation to create a ‘Smart Cities’? How to attract additional funding for the regions and to ensure return for investors? All of these issues, among others, are going to be discussed on 5 December at the All-Russian Private Utility Infrastructure Operators Forum during the panel discussion ‘Smart Utilities in a ‘Smart City’: The impact of digitalization on the quality of services’.

Forum’s detailed programme and registration form are available at http://www.p3operator.ru.

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