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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Tashkent hosts meeting of Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the SCO member states

A Council of Heads of Government (prime ministers) meeting of the SCO member states, chaired by Uzbekistan, was held in Tashkent on 1-2 November 2019.

The discussions focused on strengthening the economic aspects of the SCO in the interests of ensuring stability and the sustainable development of its member states, developing consolidated approaches to global and regional challenges and threats in the economic sphere. Joint steps have been identified to promote multidisciplinary SCO cooperation in this area, including during Russia’s SCO presidency in 2019-2020.

The Joint Communiqué adopted following the meeting reflects the common vision of the processes in the global and regional economies. In particular, the participants confirmed the importance of developing trade, economic, financial and investment cooperation, cultural and people-to-people ties, building infrastructure, digital and energy connectivity in Eurasia in the interests of creating a broad space for open and mutually beneficial partnership and equal cooperation in order to ensure reliable security and sustainable development. In addition, the document emphasises the need for continued and consistent strengthening of an open, inclusive, transparent and non-discriminatory multilateral trade system based on WTO rules, as well as preventing any unilateral protectionist measures in international and regional trade.

A revised version of the Programme for Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation was approved at the meeting. It identifies the organisation’s goals until 2035 in trade and investment, banking and financial cooperation, transport and logistics, industry, agriculture, energy, customs, innovation, ICT, spatial development, region-to-region interaction, tourism, environmental protection and education.

The SCO budget for 2020, the Concept for interaction between the railway administrations of the member states, the Rules of the Consortium of Economic Analysis Centre, the Programme for Enhancing the Environmental Wellbeing of Cities in the SCO Member States, as well as decisions on a number of issues relating to the financial and organisational activities of the SCO permanent bodies were adopted. An agreement was reached to draft a Concept for Cooperation of the SCO Member States in Developing Remote and Rural Areas in the Digital Era and an action plan to implement it.

A memorandum between the customs services of the SCO member states on the mutual integration of national transport systems and a memorandum of understanding between the SCO Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations were signed on the sidelines of the meeting.

The next Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) meeting of the SCO member states will be held in the Republic of India in 2020.

The official website of the Russian presidency of the SCO: https://eng.sco-russia2020.ru

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