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 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 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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Russia–ASEAN Business Dialogue
2 September 2021
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The foundation is in place for further building cooperation between Russia and ASEAN

Russia has a wealth of tools for working with ASEAN member states. Bilateral business councils have been established with virtually every country, encompassing the entrepreneurial community and chambers of commerce and industry. There is also the Russia–ASEAN Business Council — Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

The pandemic has posed new challenges which can only be tackled by working together

During the pandemic, international cooperation is needed like never before in order to tackle common challenges. We need to get through the pandemic, while also fostering socioeconomic development. <...> ASEAN remains committed to its spirit of solidarity and unity in the fight against the pandemic — Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

In an era characterized by natural disasters with global repercussions, the potential exists for Russia and ASEAN to work together in the green economy

Given the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new economy cannot resemble the old one. The digitalization of energy and engineering services will lead to the elimination of a carbon footprint. This in turn will lead to greater opportunities and expanded boundaries when it comes to implementation. <...> R&D could be another area of cooperation between ASEAN member states. There are some wonderful examples of Russian technology being used throughout the world, — Sergey Machekhin, Deputy General Director Project Engineering and International Cooperation, RusHydro.

ISSUES
A lack of regulation within ASEAN

There is hardly a single aspect related to electronic document management, protection of personal data, and standards which comes under common regulation. This means that we are unable to properly do a lot of things, or that disputes arise — Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

A lack of port capacity in the Far East

The fact that it is difficult to trade via ports in the Far East – Primorye Territory – is a global problem. There is a palpable lack of facilities and capacity at port container terminals. <...> Shipping costs have increased, due in part to the restrictions put in place to counter the pandemic — Quoc Viet Do, Member of the Management Board, Vietnam Businessmen's Association.

SOLUTIONS
Creating an e-commerce regulation system

One requirement to address in the near future is the creation of a regulatory framework which will reassure people that their personal data is protected. Similarly, businesses should feel that they are protected. <...> It will be difficult to resolve this issue unilaterally — Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Constructing a new port in Vladivostok

Plans are in place to build a new port in Vladivostok. This will be done partly though transferring, renovating, [and commissioning – ed.] new capacities. There are plans to sign a [construction – ed.] agreement at this edition of the Eastern Economic Forum — Denis Nevzorov, Director of the Department for International Cooperation and Technological Development of the Far East and Arctic, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.