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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India Hosts A Field Session of the Roscongress Friends of Cities International Project

On 12–15 March in India’s capital, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in New Delhi hosted the 2nd Vision for the Future International Youth Forum, organized by the Indian BRICS International Forum.

The event included a Friends of Cities field session with the international community, meant to facilitate the sustainable urban development knowledge exchange in the interest of further cooperation. Friends of Cities was officially launched as part of the Russian Investment Forum 2019.

Young experts, leaders of public organizations, and entrepreneurs from 20 countries belonging to the Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship Network attended the event. The meeting was moderated by Assistant to the Roscongress Foundation Youth Policy Director Roman Chukov and key international participants included BRICS International Forum International Director Rishabh Sethi (India), Yayasan Aspirasi Rakyat Amalan Malaysia (ARAM) Foundation Director Nehsan Selvaraj (Malaysia), and the Mongolian Employers’ Federation (MONEF) Foreign Relations and Cooperation Department Director Baljinnyam Chinzorigt (Mongolia).

The event included discussions on international experiences and tangible projects for achieving sustainable urban development; brainstorming on important skills for the youth of the cities of the future, which was started in Sochi at the Russian Investment Forum 2019, was continued. The community’s work will carry on at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 6–8 June 2019.

«The Friends of Cities community is one of the first international expert communities that the Roscongress Foundation plans to launch in 2019. It includes members from the international pool of young leaders and entrepreneurs that take part in our largest international events. Interest in the community, and the fact that a dedicated event was held by our Indian partners, illustrate that quest for and scaling of best practices in sustainable urban development has incredible potential. We plan to expand this and other expert communities further, in order to help develop leadership and solve problems on the global agenda,» said Roscongress Foundation CEO Alexander Stuglev.

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