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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Influence of Fisheries on Social Development of Territories to Be Discussed at GFF 2019

A roundtable dedicated to ‘Fisheries: The Social Dimension as a Factor for the Development of Territories’ will be held as part of the 3rd Global Fishery Forum business programme. Fishery experts and representatives of industry-related agencies from Russia and major fishing nations will discuss the creation of modern fishing industry infrastructure and its role in regional development.

The social aspect of fisheries in coastal areas remains relevant: the fishing industry provides direct and indirect employment for at least 120 million people worldwide.

The fishing industry provides the foundation for developing cities and towns, where the necessary manufacturing, logistical, commercial, and social infrastructure is being created. Russian maritime regions account for more than 60% of the territories. Coastal areas contribute to the development of various types of sea-related economic activities, including: maritime transport, fishing, tourism, and recreation.

At the same time, the seasonal nature of the industry gives rise to irregular utilization of production capacity and human resources, which in turn leads to uneven economic indicators, budget revenues, and the welfare of the coastal region as a whole.

«It is impossible to build an effective mechanism for developing aquatic bio-resources without making the working and living conditions of people employed in the industry, living in coastal areas and inextricably linked to the sea and rivers a top priority. The industry’s main task in each country is to feed its people and to contribute to national food security», Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Federal Agency for Fishery Director Ilya Shestakov said.

Participants of the roundtable will discuss measures for reducing risk, including how to ensure the continuous employment of the population as a factor in the development of single-industry towns, new technological solutions for the storage and processing of fish products, and the possibility of creating a social infrastructure in hard-to-access territories.

The Forum business programme also includes the ‘Ocean of Opportunities: Nature, Economy, and People’ plenary session and sessions on topical issues such as digitalization in the fishing industry, the resource potential of the Arctic and Antarctic, modern tools for the economic regulation of the fish market, and the resolution of social problems.

The 3rd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo will be held on 10–12 July 2019 in St. Petersburg at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is being organized by the Federal Agency for Fishery and run by the Roscongress Foundation.

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