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

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16.12.2020

Heads of sanitary-epidemiological departments of BRICS countries discuss the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic

On December 16, the heads of BRICS Heads of services responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological well-being met via videoconference. The meeting was chaired by Head of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing) Anna Popova.

Delegations from the BRICS countries attended the meeting. Reports were given by Antonio Barra Torres, President Director of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa); Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the Republic of India; Qinghua He, Counsel of the Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control of the PRC’s National Health Commission, and Tsakani Furumeli, Director of the Centre for Disease Control at the National Department of Health, South Africa.

The officials discussed a range of issues on preventing and countering epidemics, including the coronavirus, COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has again emphasised the importance of international cooperation in countering infections. Concerted efforts and the exchange of experience are of decisive importance for the effective and well-coordinated struggle against the spread of contagious diseases. The need to ensure sanitary-epidemiological welfare has acquired special significance for the Russian BRICS Chairmanship. 

“You know about our initiative to create a comprehensive BRICS early warning system for risks of infectious epidemics. We hope this will be used in practice,” Ms Popova said in her speech at the meeting. 

The participants discussed current global challenges related to other infectious diseases that continue to threaten sustainable development, in part in the BRICS countries, and that require well-coordinated and concerted efforts by BRICS. 

In conclusion, the participants approved a draft of the joint statement on the initiatives of the BRICS countries in developing international cooperation on preventing global infections, protecting the people from them and coordinating research on these issues.

 

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