A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Roscongress Foundation’s Leading Platforms to Address Creative Industries of Northern Indigenous Peoples in 2023

The sustainable development of Russia’s northern Indigenous peoples will be discussed in 2023 at the Roscongress Foundation’s leading platforms, including the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), and other multilateral events. In particular, the festival ‘Soul of Russia. The North’ is expected to be held as part of these forums.

«The Roscongress Foundation is actively taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the leading forum platforms to engage in a productive dialogue and build relationships between the Indigenous peoples of the north and entrepreneurs in the creative industries. Their mutually beneficial cooperation helps to create a sustainable system for the intensive development of the economy of the northern territories. The practical productivity of this theme will have a positive impact both on a number of different sectors of creative entrepreneurship and on the effectiveness of measures to preserve the culture and traditional way of life of Indigenous peoples,» said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the Russian President and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee for Russia’s chairmanship in the Arctic Council in 2021–2023.

Several events were held in 2022 on the development of creative industries in the northern territories as part of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Roscongress Foundation organizes the events of Russia’s chairmanship.

Events dedicated to the synergy of interests of the creative industries and the Indigenous peoples of the North were held for the first time during the Creative Business Forum (CBF) on the sidelines of the SPIEF 2022. In addition, Oleg Zotov’s photo exhibition ‘The Heart of Yugra’ was organized for the first time as part of the SPIEF cultural programme based on an initiative from the Roscongress Foundation and in collaboration with photographers as well as cultural and art figures. This exhibition opened at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow on 28 September. The author showcases 40 different works to tell people about the history, culture, and modern image of Indigenous peoples.

The format of the CBF business and cultural programme at the EEF 2022, which included thematic sessions, activities on the youth multimedia and discussion campus, and the ‘Soul of Russia. The North’ Audiovisual Culture Festival, also proved to be a success. In addition, the House of Indigenous Peoples pavilion, a new site dedicated to the culture of Indigenous peoples, opened as part of the Far East Street exhibition.

«The Russian Federation is constantly focusing on problematic issues with the development of creative industries in the northern territories. Thanks to the initiatives that are actively being discussed at the major forum platforms, projects have been launched to develop creative industries in the Arctic, preserve the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, and maintain their traditional crafts and way of life,» said Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Arctic Senior Officials.

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