On 17 December 2018 a memorandum of understanding with the Roscongress Foundation was signed in the headquarters of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. Alexander Stuglev, Chairman and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation, and Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) put their signatures under this document. The parties agreed to collaborate in building and developing trust by creating world-level communication platforms.
The memorandum provides for collaboration in developing common world-class communication platforms in order to maintain international economic, technological, industrial, scientific and technical exchange between Russian organizations and their partners from developed and developing countries.
“The main purpose of our meeting was to set tasks and plans for further cooperation. Our organizations have collaborated before. Thus, in 2018 the starting day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum hosted the UNIDO International Forum, and in 2017 we held the UNIDO Interregional Forum. Together we not only facilitate strengthening relations between the stakeholders, but share common responsibility for sustainable development of the economy in developing countries,” noted Alexander Stuglev, Chairman and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation.
Li Yong, UNIDO Director General, stated that this memorandum clearly demonstrates that the partners reached a high level of trust and are ready to achieve common goals: “I’m confident that the framework agreement that we signed today will facilitate successful collaboration between UNIDO and the Roscongress Foundation, especially in light of the upcoming world-level events, such as the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) 2019 in Yekaterinburg and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019.”
The Roscongress Foundation and UNIDO share a history of successful cooperation. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum welcomed representative delegations that comprised participants of two UNIDO Interregional Forums dedicated to cooperation between small and medium businesses in Russia and Latin American countries, and on women’s entrepreneurship in Europe and the Arab region.
In 2018 a similar forum dedicated to women’s contribution to the economic growth and prosperity was hosted on the sidelines of SPIEF 2018.