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 Youth View on the Greater Eurasian Partnership: New Opportunities for Regional and Global Cooperation
4 September 2021
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The Greater Eurasia Partnership is one of the most important vectors of Russia's international policy

The Greater Eurasian Partnership is currently the Russian Federation's most important foreign policy vector. As such, the entire foreign policy agenda is constructed with an eye on greater Eurasia and takes integration processes and international associations, such as the CIS and SCO, into account — Tatyana Seliverstova, Deputy Head, Youth Projects and Programmes Directorate, Russian Youth Association.

I think everyone would agree that the creation and development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership is important, because over the past several years we have been talking about the global trust crisis and various trade wars. Which is why this initiative, in its time, sounded like an answer to these new challenges. An informal association between countries and organizations that is capable of restoring trust across the entire Eurasian space — Stanislav Krupin, Deputy Chairman, Youth Council, Eurasian Economic Commission.

The development of international cooperation requires the constant involvement of youth in this process

Global international cooperation is a very important channel for youth development. Approximately 70% of the world's population lives in Eurasia, approximately a third of whom are young people. <...> The Roscongress Foundation slogan ‘Time to Act’ is especially fitting. I absolutely agree with it — SM Shaikat, Executive Director, SERAC-Bangladesh.

Clearly, as the more creative, modern, and progressive part of society, the youth have a special place in the development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership — Stanislav Krupin, Deputy Chairman, Youth Council, Eurasian Economic Commission.

We teach young people how to make friends at these platforms (international events) because, when it comes to international affairs, college and university students have a lot of questions about going international but they tend to be: ‘How do I meet people?’, ‘How do I talk to people?’, and ‘What is this?’ – they lack experience — Oksana Skiba, Association of Youth Governments of the Russian Federation.

MGIMO is a major platform for the development of youth international policy

Russia’s MGIMO University is truly a fundamental platform, for the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs as well, since it is a leading university in its presence abroad, in organizing major youth events. Clearly, we want to continue this cooperation — Tatyana Seliverstova, Deputy Head, Youth Projects and Programmes Directorate, Russian Youth Association.

MGIMO University is a leading university in the development of intergovernmental relations, including in the realm of Eurasian integration. It is worth noting that we are directly involved in strengthening Eurasian partnerships — Stanislav Surovtsev, Vice-Rector for Students’ Development and International Affairs, MGIMO University.

ISSUES
Lack of financing for international humanitarian action

Certainly, we can currently say that there is a critical lack of funding mechanisms for implementing foreign-policy activities and international humanitarian work by NCOs. <...> We fall behind significantly when it comes to government and business investment in implementing international humanitarian projects — Tatyana Seliverstova, Deputy Head, Youth Projects and Programmes Directorate, Russian Youth Association.

The information vacuum surrounding youth involvement in international cooperation

The most important issue is that, whenever I speak to our young people that are far removed from international relations, from MGIMO, from the faculties of international relations in provincial universities, they don’t understand what the Eurasian integrated space is. <...> They have no clue about this subject area — Aleksey Ezhov, Chairman of the Youth Council, Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development.

The Eurasian People's Assembly is not here today and that is telling. We understand that most people currently recognize this organization for its positive humanitarian mission, rather than seeing it as an integration instrument — Anna Polezhaeva, Advisor to the Head, Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs.

SOLUTIONS
More funding is needed for the development of Russia's international presence

Whenever I’m at a platform, I always call for our partners in government organizations, foundations, and businesses to invest more and more – specifically, financially – into the development of our international presence abroad, because even in the post-Soviet space, <...> a large number of foreign foundations and organizations are present in these countries. You and I can see how the greater majority of these organizations are simply pursuing their own national interests and want to undermine the stable relations of the Russian Federation with our fellow countries in the CIS — Tatyana Seliverstova, Deputy Head, Youth Projects and Programmes Directorate, Russian Youth Association.

Developing communication platforms between interested parties will facilitate the strengthening of Eurasian ties

What could work is the creation of a horizontal cooperation platform for our organizations <...> to coordinate activity related to advancing the greater Eurasian agenda. <...> Creating these dialogue platforms will build trust and strengthen the dialogue between organizations and bodies that we represent today, as well as dialogue with the entire younger generation — Stanislav Krupin, Deputy Chairman, Youth Council, Eurasian Economic Commission.

As an agency, we are ready to dedicate a number of our government programme events to the Eurasian vector <...> (the Forum – Ed.) Professionals of the Russian Federation could become Professionals of Eurasia. We need to work together ideologically and, possibly, with Russian universities, to determine what is of potential interest, which future professions we could involve in the ideology of this forum and turn them into a sort of international bridge with respect to Eurasian cooperation — Anna Polezhaeva, Advisor to the Head, Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs.

We have ways to search for projects thanks to social networks: everyone sees each other in these global social networks, their mutual friends, etc. That is, we can all see each other, these global leaders. We simply need to understand who is involved in what and invite their projects for implementation in EAEU countries — Roman Chukov, Chairman of the Board, Russian Center for the Promotion of International Initiatives; Assistant to Youth Policy Director, Roscongress Foundation.

Youth education programmes are an important part of developing the Eurasian partnership

When it comes to education programmes, we must know more about each other and raise awareness. <…> Clearly, MGIMO University is the theoretical foundation. It consists of diplomats, people who are professionally involved in diplomacy, but (not much can be done – Ed.) without a system of public diplomacy, without a wide umbrella, so to speak, without raising awareness within these sectors — Aleksey Ezhov, Chairman of the Youth Council, Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development.