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 188 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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The Contribution of Female Innovators and Business Leaders to Shaping the Economy of the Future
12 September 2018
The potential of women’s economic activity is underutilized

The topics of female leadership, the involvement of women in economic affairs, non-discrimination, overcoming existing stereotypes, which we still have unfortunately, despite all the progress, are essential — Victoria Panova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, FEFU.

See how difficult it is for us, in the presence of others <...> to admit to ourselves and brag about our achievements to others <...> According to the research we commissioned, a man asks for a raise often in cases where he meets only 60% of the vacancy requirements. A woman asks for a raise when she meets 100% of the requirements. We are much more demanding of ourselves — Marina Zhunich, Director for Government Relations, Google LLC.

Competitive advantage of women — mobility and responsibility

Men are more risk-taking than women, because we, no offence, nevertheless, have more responsibility for children — Irina Makieva, Deputy Chair, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank).

We can do several things at the same time; we can quickly switch between different topics, <...> we can balance caring for the family and professional life. In this regard, it is essential that all, the business, the state and ourselves enable such balance — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

Public foundations provide fulfilment to women

[Many] being on maternity leave, look for an opportunity for realisation of personal potential <...>, for the opportunity to create their projects <...>, i.e. becoming entrepreneurs and simultaneously seeking the opportunity to manage their time. Having your own project provides such an opportunity — Ekaterina Rybakova, Co-Founder, Rybakov Foundation.

The fallibility of legislative support of working women

The law provides for a lot of benefits and preferences from the employer to women, but, unfortunately, the statutory provisions are mostly imperative and prohibitive — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

The status of women in society is declining

Now, of course, society is developing <...> Women play a significant role in this, but the status of a woman, pretty much, declines — Wang Ping, Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism.

Support for employers enabling women

We have developed a large block of electronic 24/7 banking services. It is a completely different opportunity for business, compared to the time when there were no such technologies. Our women’s section here can easily give recommendations to the Government to develop a system of measures to support women enabling employers — Natalya Tretyak, First Vice President, Gazprombank.

Promotion of self-education

We realise that the next generation watches, not reads. It is, of course, a big disappointment for us, and through our cartoons and video content we try, nevertheless, to motivate them to read — Yuliana Slashcheva, Chairman of the Management Board, Soyuzmultfilm Creative Production Association.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS