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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.

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Karelia: State development institutions in the fairway of business

Petrozavodsk will host an offsite session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum titled ‘Russia’s Regions: New Areas of Growth’ on July 25, 2017 that will feature a discussion of mechanisms and programmes for the government to support private business. The event is being organized by the Roscongress Foundation jointly with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and Russian News Agency TASS. It will take place in the run-up to a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

The main objective of the business session is to raise awareness among regional businesses about the mechanisms for co-financing investment projects through existing state programmes, introduce them to investment tools within existing development institutions, and inform them about other state support measures available to entrepreneurs in the regions of the Russian Federation.

The event participants will learn about the current programmes of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the All-Russian Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya, and the All-Russian Public Organization for Small and Medium-sized Business OPORA RUSSIA.

The offsite session will devote special attention to the aggregator of state support measures, which key development institutions called for establishing during the SPIEF 2017. At present, development institutions are providing regions with support for innovative and investment activities via regional development corporations, regional venture capital funds, and much more. However, businesses have not been able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them due to the difficulty of finding information about the specific measures available to an individual entrepreneur.

Invitees: Moderator: Andrei Sokolov, Deputy General Director, Russian News Agency TASS

Discussion participants: Sergei Gorkov, Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs State Corporation (Vnesheconombank) Sergei Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Public Organization for Small and Medium-sized Business OPORA RUSSIA Andrei Nikitin, Acting Governor of the Novgorod Region Artur Parfenchikov, Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Alexei Repik, President, All-Russian Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya Andrei Sokolov, Deputy General Director, Russian News Agency TASS Shukur Israilov, Deputy Director, Roscongress Foundation Svetlana Chupsheva, CEO, Agency for Strategic Initiatives Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE)

The session in Petrozavodsk will continue the cycle of offsite events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Media accreditation:

Media accreditation is open until July 24, 2017. A completed form (attached to the announcement) must be submitted no later than 17:00 on July 24.

For media accreditation questions, please contact: +7 (812) 406 7709, media@roscongress.org

Venue: Petrozavodsk, 31, Prospekt Lenina (first floor), IT Park building (Boiling Point), Project Hall. Session time: 14:00–15:30

Карелия: государственные институты развития в фарватере бизнеса