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

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Igor Orlov: Arkhangelsk Infrastructure is Underway for IAF 2019

Governor of Arkhangelsk Oblast Igor Orlov spoke about the preparation of the region for one of the major business events in Russia, the 5th International Arctic Forum ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ which will take place in Arkhangelsk on 9–10 April 2019.

«Building on the valuable experience of the 2011 and 2017 forums, we were able to significantly improve the preparation of this seminal event and to schedule a large amount of work to improve the infrastructure of Arkhangelsk and the Forum sites,» stated Igor Orlov.

According to the Governor, work is currently underway to create infrastructure facilities: the construction of the congress and exhibition complex Nord Expo, the preparation of the NARFU dormitory on Smolny Buyan street, the reconstruction of the buildings and installations for the events of the Forum. Transport and energy infrastructure and urban improvement works are also in progress. Special priority is given to the development of the hotel sector: a new four-star hotel Novotel Arkhangelsk (89 rooms) opened in July 2018, and before that hotels Serafima (21 rooms), Severnitsa (18 rooms) and Admiral (10 rooms).

The premises of NARFU: the main, second and third corpuses, the exhibition pavilion, the common scientific equipment use centre (CKP-2), dormitories and the intellectual centre — the scientific library of NARFU, all will be used as IAF sites.

The Nord Expo congress and exhibition complex is to become an additional venue of the 2019 Forum for events with the participation of youth, scientists, representatives of the municipalities of the Arctic territories, artists, with the potential of its further use as a plenary session site starting 2021.

«With the construction of the new facilities and the development of infrastructure Arkhangelsk flourishes as a congress and exhibition centre,» said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee for the Preparation for the International Arctic Forum ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’.

To recap, two new NARFU facilities were built in 2017 for the Forum: the exhibition pavilion (multipurpose sports complex to hold 800 people) and CKP-2.

The Roscongress Foundation is the organizer of the IAF 2019.

The official website of the event.

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