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 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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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23.04.2020

Russian Convention Bureau holds discussion on new challenges for event industry

Representatives of the event industry have taken part in a discussion on effective methods and practices to leverage the potential of the Russian regions to overcome the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The show, called Good morning, nation! was organized by the Russian Convention Bureau with the support of the Roscongress Foundation.

Among those taking part were Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev, Director General of the Investment Promotion Agency of Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Porodnov, Head of the Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Talia Minullina, and Director General of the Krasnodar Region Development Corporation Pavel Mayorov. The discussion was moderated by Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Convention Bureau Alexey Kalachev.

“The most effective strategy we can employ today is to combine our strengths,” said Alexander Stuglev. “For example, a key project by the Roscongress Foundation has been the establishment of an expert group focusing on the regions, where representatives from across Russia can share best economic practices.  We have moved these meetings online, having increased both visibility and engagement. In these uncertain times, it is vital to support the Roscongress Foundation’s brand, keep its team together, and to be involved in processes which are happening in the country. Of course, it has been difficult to commercialize online projects, given such an abrupt transition to the digital sphere. That said, we are continuing to work, adapt, and remodel the way we work. In our industry, we sometimes have to make a trade-off in order to win in the long-run.”

“We have launched a series of webinars in which industry representatives discuss ways to minimize losses and adopt new approaches. We have identified three main trends that have emerged as a result of the pandemic: the transition to the online world, expansion into new markets, and collaboration between industries,” said Alexander Porodnov.

The discussion also focused on ways to showcase regions as part of the Regional Passport project, as well as the potential for regions to host conventions and exhibitions. A recording of the show can be viewed on the Roscongress Foundation’s YouTube channel

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