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 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 155 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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One Big Family – Franchising Organization Representatives Meet in Moscow

The World Franchise Forum started on 30 May at the World Trade Centre in Moscow with the ‘Franchising as a Driver of the Global Economy and an Instrument of International Cooperation’ plenary session. The panel discussion touched on courses for Russian and international franchising to follow in their development. 

In her welcoming address, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Galina Karelova congratulated participants on having an event like the World Franchise Forum and Expo held in Moscow. “The Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and nearly every senator have asked me to convey their heartfelt greetings to all the guests and participants of the Forum. We are pleased that Russia’s request to hold the event was accepted,” Galina Karelova said, adding that just a few years ago the mechanisms of franchising were still a foreign concept in Russia but that the country now had a very good legal framework in place.

Emil Petrosyan, Deputy Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, read a welcome address on behalf of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, in which the mayor noted the importance of franchising for Moscow and the country as a whole and expressed confidence that the Forum would become a valuable platform for sharing experience and achievements. Emil Petrosyan added for his part that his department had been cooperating with the Russian Franchising Association for the last year and that the experience had been beneficial both for the city and for small business.

President of the Russian Franchise Association Agnessa Osipova noted that having such a landmark event held in Russia was proof of the importance of the Russian market to the international scene. “Russian franchising is mature not only in terms of approaches and development (15% growth per year), but also from the point of view of legislative framework. The President of Russia has assigned tasks to improve conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises and to improve social services and the quality of life, and franchising is the best model, the best impetus for this,” said Agnessa Osipova, adding that Russian businessmen need to be bolder since the demand for domestic franchises is real and continues to grow.

Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation Vice President Elena Dybova also spoke of the tools the agency possessed to help entrepreneurs. “Without a certain amount of preparation, it is always very difficult to get into business, and we are trying to promote franchising since we believe that it softens a little that initial entrance into business,” Elena Dybova said. She also presented the results of a survey of entrepreneurs that spoke of the difficulties entrepreneurs face due to a lack of support. The vice president of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation urged entrepreneurs to work together with the RAF in order to avoid needless risks. 

Member of the Board of Directors of RAF and founder of 1C Boris Nuraliev mentioned Russian legislation on franchising, which he called some of the best in the world. He also urged future franchisees to study the market and the franchisor they would be working with. 

Chairman of the WFC Expert Council, Chairman of the European Franchise Federation, and Member of the Board of Directors of the British Franchise Association Michael Eyre, Executive Director of the Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA) Hatem Zaki, Official Delegate of the Asia-Pacific Franchise Confederation Samson Samie Lim, and Executive Secretary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Business Council Sergey Kanavsky also took part in the session. Participants agreed that Russian franchising had the potential to forge relationships with the international community and that all franchisers in the world were one big family.

The World Franchise Forum and Expo is being held 31 May – 1 June under the auspices of Moscow Entrepreneurship Week and with the support of the Roscongress Foundation, the Moscow Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. Forum address: World Trade Centre, 12 Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment, Moscow.

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