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

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Russian Minister of Sport discusses sport agenda at 2019 economic forums

Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov has expressed support for the Healthy Life Forum: Towards 80+, which will be held on 13 February 2019 in Sochi. The business programme of the new Forum, which will be organized by the Roscongress Foundation, will include a session titled ‘Sport as a Part of Life: Problems and Solutions’.

Kolobkov also held discussions with Roscongress Foundation Deputy CEO Georgy Bryusov about plans for cooperation in coordinating the sporting programme and business sessions on sports at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Forum in Arkhangelsk, and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi in 2019.

In 2018, two sports panels were included in the programme of the Eastern Economic Forum based on a proposal from the Ministry of Sport. Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga attended the session ‘World Sport Today: A View from the Asia-Pacific Region in the Run-Up to Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022’, which was attended by Russian Presidential Aide Igor Levitin, Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, IOC Associate Director of Relations with the Olympic Movement James Macleod, International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer, Chinese Minister of Sport and Chinese Olympic Committee President Gou Zhongwen, Director of Media and Communications of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee Chang Yu, three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Alexander Karelin, and Mongolian sumo legend Dagvadorj Dolgorsuren. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, and Russian Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev spoke at the session ‘PPP in Sport: New Opportunities for Investors’.

The central events of the sporting programmes at the economic forums in 2018 were the 2nd International Jigoro Kano Junior (U18) Judo Tournament under the Auspices of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the ‘Friendship Match’ of Russian and Japanese women’s saber fencing teams, which took place at the Russian Museum of Ethnography during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and a race in support of Russian Olympians in Pyeongchang 2018 at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.

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