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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FINOPOLIS 2019 business programme published

The planned business programme of the Forum of Innovative Financial Technologies FINOPOLIS 2019 includes over 20 events, with three plenary discussions, 17 sections, partner roundtables and open lectures being held during the two days of the Forum, 10–11 October. The sessions will address the most pressing issues and trends in the industry, including payment services, blockchain, cybersecurity, use of quantum technologies, bigtech, artificial intelligence, use of cloud services and others. The organizer of FINOPOLIS 2019 is the Bank of Russia and the operator is the Roscongress Foundation.

The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 October, with two plenary discussions to be held on the same day. The plenary session “Regulatory Fast Track for Fintech” will focus on competitiveness of banking and fintech, international experience in fintech licensing, and the prospects for regulation by type of activity. The second plenary discussion “Immersive Fintech: Personal Experience or Illusion?” will look at the personalization of digital financial services, the possibilities of individual solutions and platforms, as well as the topic of loyalty.  

The plenary session on the second day will cover development of financial technologies up to 2035. The participants will try to predict the development vector and discuss how the labour market will change and what new competencies will be in demand.

On the second day of the Forum, representatives of business and academia will also give open lectures to guests and Forum participants on topical aspects of innovative financial technologies.

Each year, an important aspect of FINOPOLIS consists in events for young people. 7–11 October will see the activities of the FINODAYS Youth Programme. The central event of FINODAYS will be a Hackathon, during which student teams will be offered a chance to work out case solutions from leading players on the financial market in such areas as fintech, payment systems, creation of chat bots, solutions for the insurance market and others. In addition, events are planned for participants to develop their soft and hard skills, workshops by leading financial market players, networking sessions and sports and entertainments. All the participants in the Youth Programme will be able to take part, free of charge, in the FINOPOLIS 2019 programme.

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