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.

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Усманов: саблистки России и Франции показали на ПМЭФ, что спорт – это дружба

The women’s sabre-fencing teams from Russia and France met at a friendly match as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum sports programme. The outcome of the match, which was held at the Russian Ethnographic Museum, was decided in the last round: 45:44, the deciding point gained for the Russian team by Olympic Champion Sofya Velikaya.

“The Russian and French teams showed how to be friends when competing with sabres. I hope this match will provide an example for many federations of how to relaunch friendly matches. I really hope so. This is one of those examples showing that sport means not just rivalry and competition, but friendship. Today, we laid the foundation stone of friendship in our fencing family”, stressed Alisher Usmanov, President of the International Fencing Federation.

The Russian and French teams sent their top members to take part in the match. In addition to Sofya Velikaya, the Russian team was represented by two-time Olympic champion Yana Egorian, Rio-2016 Champion Julia Gavrilova and European Championship medallist Svetlana Sheveleva. The French team brought along World Championship 2017 team competition medallists Manon Brunet, Charlotte Lembach and Cecilia Berder, plus Sara Balser.

Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov noted that the match has been beautiful because of the unique museum setting and the quality of the fencing combined. “The girls took everything in their stride. The demonstrated beautiful fencing and supreme skills. Sometimes, they made moves they would not risk at the most prestigious competitions”, Pavel Kolobkov shared his impressions.

The match between the Russian and French teams was organised by the Ministry of Sport, the Roscongress Foundation and the Fencing Federation of Russia. A return meeting of the two teams is planned in November in Paris, as part of the FIE Congress

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