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.

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Across the Oceans: APEC and Africa for Robust Higher Education
4 September 2021
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Africans’ quality of life is directly related to quality of education

Many Africans, and this includes Ethiopians, have benefited from the excellent education offered by Far Eastern University. Hundreds of thousands of Africans graduated from Soviet universities, and many students continue to study in Russia now. Therefore, on behalf of all Africans and my country, I would like to thank Russia for its contribution to the development of Africa, in particular in education. I believe that education is a key condition for technological development, innovation, and all human activity. A better quality of life is usually associated with a higher income, but it in fact requires an education of better and higher quality — Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia.

The fourth industrial revolution requires new approaches to education and timely, high-quality solutions

The topic of higher education during the fourth industrial revolution is particularly relevant. Especially in a world where each country is experiencing its own special, unique experience of becoming. Effective exchange of resources in the globalized world in which we find ourselves today requires speedy, high-quality, and at the same time, scrupulous and accurate decisions. I am very glad that we now have the opportunity to voice our problems and share ideas and different approaches, which, I hope, will be manifested in the future — Valeria Bien, Board Member of the African Business Initiative Union.

ISSUES
The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted the quality of education in Asia and Africa

Large associations such as OPEC, consisting of 54 developed economies, could potentially provide their young people with a better life [...] for the sustainable development of their country. As the world becomes more competitive and economies undergo the fourth industrial revolution, we must improve people’s skills in order to meet the needs of the labour market. On the one hand, the epidemiological situation and the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the countries of Asia and Africa so hard that it affected the quality of education, while on the other, it has made education all the more necessary for sustainable development — Nataliya Zaiser, Chair of the Board, Africa Business Initiative Union.

Africa may become less competitive globally as a result of the slow pace of economic modernization

It's no secret that most of Africa’s economies have found it difficult to modernize since becoming full-fledged participants in world politics. Moreover, almost 70 years after most of the countries gained their independence, the global work environment and its competitiveness and rapid development are bringing the urgent issue of education to the forefront. Cultivating qualified personnel on the youngest continent would probably be one of the best contributions to the development of the global economy anyone could make — Valeria Bien, Board Member of the African Business Initiative Union.

SOLUTIONS
Shared experiences and collaboration with other countries will help Africa adopt best practices

Education is definitely of vital importance and empowers young people to be successful. When we talk about mobility, […] it’s of great importance for solving social issues and for economic issues. This is what the Groningen Declaration is all about. The Groningen Declaration Network provides an opportunity to ensure the mobility of university graduates. […] The network was created in Holland in 2012, and at the moment (it includes – ed.) about 100 network members from 30 countries. It is a global non-governmental organization, and one of the key components of its activity is facilitating learning from one other. Participants (organizations - ed.) interact with each other and meet in different countries every year — Anthony Manahan, Director of the Groningen Declaration Network.

We (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology – ed.) are the first private institution of higher education specializing in agriculture. We can boast 23 departments across six faculties, including biotechnology and healthcare among other disciplines. We have about 13,000 students. […] The university has a long history of working with Africans. In the 70s, we signed 3 memorandums [...] with Tanzania, Djibouti, and Kenya. Since then, approximately 200 alumni have worked in volunteer programmes in Africa. Many of our university graduates have also worked in research centres in Africa — Kanju Ohsawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.