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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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World Franchise Council starts in Moscow

The World Franchise Council (WFC) officially opened on 28 May. The Council meeting is one of the central events of the World Franchise Forum, which will be held in Moscow for the first time from 30 May to 1 June.

The event participants, including representatives of more than 30 national industry associations, were greeted by President of the Russian Franchise Association (RAF) Agnessa Osipova. She noted that a lot of work has been carried out to organize and meet all the members of international delegations and engage with speakers and newsmakers at the events of the World Franchise Forum and Expo. “A lot of work still needs to be done during the Forum to present the industry to the world and the Russian public in the best way possible. We know that the Forum will be productive, interesting, and intensive,” Ms. Osipova said.

WFC Secretary General Hatem Zaki was the next person to address the audience. He thanked the heads of the associations from different countries for their seamless cooperation and for the work they performed to strengthen the role of franchises in enhancing and developing entrepreneurship.

The agenda for the two-day Council event includes breakout sessions, round tables, and discussions on strengthening the WFC’s role in coordinating the international development of franchises, analysing the development of global and national chains, promoting franchises around the world, and new legislative initiatives in different countries.

The WFC delegates will take part in the largest event in the industry – the World Franchise Forum and World Franchise Expo 2018, which are being held under the auspices of Moscow Entrepreneurship Week and jointly organized by the Russian Franchise Association and the Roscongress Foundation.

Participation is free of charge for delegates and visitors to the forum and expo.

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