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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The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
3 September 2021
12:30—14:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Russia managed to develop an effective system to fight the pandemic, a so-called sanitary shield is also being raised outside of the country

Today, we are talking about building a sanitary shield, which does not mean that we are only building it around our border. Infections do not recognize borders, that is obvious — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

We see that you can rely on a well-organized healthcare and security system — Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director for the European Region, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization.

I travelled abroad this year and I found out that a lot of people know and envy that vaccination is freely available here, which is not the case, say, in Italy — Lilia Ovcharova, Vice Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Sports and tourism accepted the restrictions with understanding and managed to cooperate with Rospotrebnadzor

As we were locking down federal sports bases, the athletes were not happy with that, many coaches said, “Why, the Olympics are coming!” It was not easy to explain that if someone got ill and if we did not comply with the requirements, if we did not make a temporary break in training, it could be impossible to resume, a career might be ruined and even a life might be lost. We found understanding with the sports community. It is crucial that everyone is responsible for everyone. If we want to go on working and living effectively, communicate, we should understand that each and every one of us is responsible — Oleg Matytsin, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation.

Following Rospotrebnadzor’s recommendations, we are gradually moving towards lifting the restrictions. We resumed flights to Turkey which is one of the most popular destinations with our people. Egypt is gradually starting up – this is also a result of our tight collaboration. <…> It is our first experience of close collaboration. For me, it has been a positive experience. Of course, we want more, and we talk on the phone with Ms. Popova (Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing – Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation) to share information, I tell her that we have certain destinations and obligations to our citizens. We want tour operators to comply with their commitments as much as possible, so that people could go on holiday. It is great that there is a close professional dialogue — Zarina Doguzova, Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism.

ISSUES
Mixed response to the information about the pandemic, a need for preventive actions as situations of this kind occur and for working out new tools other than restrictive measures

This is of course a new challenge which we are definitely assessing and have to assess after working with it a little more, I mean the infodemic. The situation which is developing and was developing from the beginning in a completely new information environment. Communication capability is enormous and trust in the information coming from an official or a scientist, or a neighbour turned out to be different — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

First, we see increasing demand in reliable information. <…> Now, everyone is an epidemiologist, especially on social media, and people have gone through this stage, they absorbed that unverified information, and we are carrying out a study of social sustainability and we see demand for reliable information — Lilia Ovcharova, Vice Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

One of essential components if this global problem, which is going to be handled by Rospotrebnadzor’s research institutions, is a system of preventive measures for emerging threats — Sergey Balakhonov, Director, Irkutsk Research Anti-Plague Institute of Siberia and the Far East.

Countries are less and less ready for imposing social distancing measures. They are out of available options. Communities and whole lives were cut off from normal life. Now, to prepare ourselves to new pandemics, we need innovations, fast provision of services to people in other sectors. We must exploit emerging innovations as early as possible to provide preventive actions — Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director for the European Region, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization.

SOLUTIONS
Spread of infection can only be stopped by joint effort

We can only effectively fight emerging epidemic threats through honest intergovernmental cooperation as it was done with Mongolia, as it is done with China regarding natural-focal diseases, and COVID-19 — Sergey Balakhonov, Director, Irkutsk Research Anti-Plague Institute of Siberia and the Far East.

We must work together. We have been cooperating from the very beginning, me and my colleagues from the CIS countries, from near and far-abroad countries — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

The pandemic emphasized how important it is to provide sanitation and safety in the world. This will require significant effort from all countries. Communities should be involved in working out these measures — Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director for the European Region, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization.

Vaccination must be accelerated and become available to as many people as possible, information regarding vaccination should be delivered in a more comprehensible manner

The information should be delivered differently even in different regions of Russia and the more so in different social and age groups. To communicate the information…, we need to polish up new forms of communication to make sure that this information is spread and received fast — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

We must expand vaccination as fast as possible before the winter comes, we must share doses and eliminate disparity across countries and regions. We must revise vaccination strategies to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable groups of people — Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director for the European Region, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization.

It is very important to have resources to provide educative information on how to protect yourself — Lilia Ovcharova, Vice Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS