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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SPIEF 2020 Foreign Delegations Will Be Able to Enter Russia on e-visas

Foreign visitors and participants in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from 53 countries will be able to apply for e-visas to enter Russia. The procedure for obtaining e-visas was established in accordance with Resolution No. 1252 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 26 September 2019.

«Simplifying the procedure for entering Russia not only creates tourism but also business opportunities for foreign citizens. SPIEF events are annually attended by guests from more than 140 countries. Now our regular participants from 53 countries will be able to plan their trips more flexibly. This is an important step to improve the business climate and enhance the country’s appeal», said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the Russian President and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee.

To obtain an e-visa, you must complete an application on a special section of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at: evisa.kdmid.ru. The e-visa is single-entry and is valid for 30 calendar days from the issue date. People on e-visas are allowed to stay in the Russian Federation for 8 days within the visa validity period from the date of entry.

Applications for e-visas can be completed no earlier than 20 days and no later than 4 days prior to the expected date of entry into the Russian Federation. E-visa applications are considered within 4 days or less. A notification on the issuance of an e-visa to a foreign citizen must be printed so that it can be provided to the carrier company and Russian border service officials when passing through passport control.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to remind Forum participants who are planning to obtain e-visas about the need to comply with all the provisions on the evisa.kdmid.ru website for the completion of the e-visa application as well as the ability to leave the Russian Federation with an e-visa only through the state border checkpoints of the Russian Federation located in the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region that are listed on the website.

Foreign citizens who have arrived in the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on e-visas may only stay in and travel around the territory of these constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 3–6 June 2020.

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