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, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, and supports the development of the Friends for Leadership international youth movement, which is working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 76 countries worldwide.

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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The big challenges: how can we stop preparing for the last war?
2 June 2017

Revolutionary shifts in technology, such as the fourth industrial revolution and the digital economy, have become reality. Futurologists and experts foresee major economic and social change. But is it not the case that — as has happened before — these predictions are simply extrapolations based on obvious trends which substitute an image of the future with today’s (or even yesterday’s) reality? Or are we perhaps looking at an attempt by a limited group of technology owners to present us with ready-made solutions, condemning the majority of countries to an endless game of catch-up? If this is indeed the case, is it possible to break free from the framework imposed by the current leading players which guarantees their primacy? Finally, would it be feasible to create an institution which could design and realize a desirable future and lay out a path to development in such a way as to avoid the tendency to fight the last war?

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