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 179 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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Russia House in Davos: new season – what participants will discuss

The website for the Russia House in Davos, Switzerland, organised by the Roscongress Foundation, has been updated with the business programme for the event. The official Russian residence opens its doors on 21 January, and will be open to World Economic Forum participants and Davos guests until 25 January. The programme prepared by experts at the Roscongress Foundation, touches on current issues related to global development and presents Russia's successful experience of dialogue with international experts and the business community.

Participants will discuss global energy development and energy security in the global economy during the discussion ‘Investment in the heat and power sector during global market volatility’, involving the Russian Federation Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Chairman of the Board of SIBUR Holding Dmitry Konov and Vice Chairman of IHS Markit Daniel Yergin. The session will be moderated by TV presenter and special correspondent for PBS NewsHour Ryan Chilcote.

"We are currently going through a period of energy transformation, the consequences of which are in part increased volatility on the global energy markets. Given this reality, it is important to accurately evaluate long-term prospects for the market and for companies, and to continue to pursue and increase the level of investment in the real sector of the economy, including during periods of short-term instability. Investment today makes it possible to attract world-class specialists tomorrow, ensures continuing development and adoption of the latest technologies, and supports the implementation of large-scale projects. All this is vital to the future successful development of the power and energy sector, and guarantees global energy security in the future,' said Alexander Novak on the eve of the event.

Russia House will also host discussions of private companies' approaches to combatting cybercrime. Participants will define the current problems related to trans-border cooperation, will discuss current initiatives in this area, and will identify the key areas for development in order to collectively counter international cybercrime. The discussion will involve Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank Stanislav Kuznetsov and CEO of BI.ZONE Dmitry Samartsev.

What is the ‘next generation entrepreneur’? Participants in the session ‘Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur’ will seek to answer this question. This session will involve Managing Partner for CIS Countries at EY Alexander Ivlev, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yandex John Boynton, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Pavlovskaya Sloboda Meat Processing Plant (Velkom) Raisa Demina, CEO of the company Continent Express Stanislav Kostyashkin, CEO of Russkaya Perevodcheskaya Kompania Timofei Okroev, and President of Orion Nasledie David Yakobashvili.

The Russia House programme will also continue its tradition of placing particular focus on modern technologies. The session on this theme will involve Minister, Moscow City Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations Head, Chairman of the Board at the Business Council for Cooperation with India Sergei Cheryomin, and discussions will focus on digital transformation of cities and the future adoption of AI in managing municipal processes and procedures. The finest Russian and international examples of the use of these modern technologies in urban services and amenity provision will be examined.

Online commerce, mobile communications, and financial technology will be the main theme of the session ‘Russia – One Step Ahead’ involving the Russian Federation's Minister for Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin. This discussion will bring together representatives of Russia's most technologically advanced companies, including the operational and Chief Operating Officer at Yandex Greg Abovsky, founder of Frontier Ventures Dmitry Alimov, President and Chairman of the Board of AFK Sistema Andrey Dubovskov, Vice President of AO Tinkoff Bank Maxim Evdokimov, member of the Board of Directors of Ozon Bernard Lukey, and founder, chairman of the board, and CEO of Opportunity Network Brian Pallas. The session will be moderated by CEO and founder of EM, Tom Blackwell. The Russia House in Davos will also host a closed meeting with companies that are members of the Consultation Council on International Investment in Russia, led by the Russian Federation's Minister for Economic Development.

“The topic of entrepreneurial development is truly taking the foreground today. Entrepreneurs are a driving force of modern economy. It is them who implement innovations, create jobs, dare to take risks, and are actually changing the reality around us. It’s important to carry on providing measures that support entrepreneurial activity growth”, said Managing Partner for CIS Countries at EY Alexander Ivlev.

Russia House's cultural programme will feature traditional Russian hospitality, evening events featuring musical groups and performers.

Russia House is a platform for the promotion of Russian initiatives among representatives of international business and official circles. The contemporary, multifunctional space provided by Russia House accommodates both formal and informal interactions and is open daily for World Economic Forum participants.

A full programme of the official Russian residence is available on the Russia House website: www.houserussia.com.

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