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, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, and supports the development of the Friends for Leadership international youth movement, which is working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 76 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 economy of 1,000 cities
2 June 2017

The city is becoming the centre of economic growth in the modern world, but gaps between different cities are only increasing. Not all are succeeding in realizing their ambitions. Successful cities in many developed and emerging countries are demonstrating high rates of growth, even in spite of the financial crisis and stagnating national economies, and are putting themselves on the global competitiveness map. New ‘champions of growth’, like Dalian in China, Antwerp in Europe, and Curitiba in Brazil, are challenging the global megacities. The wave of the new industrial revolution is opening up new opportunities for the development of a new generation of professional services, transforming urban infrastructure, and returning modern production to cities. Fast-growing cities are making use of the opportunities provided by these developments to attract and retain talent, and gain a competitive advantage. The agendas of city leaders are changing under these new conditions, and competent administrators are becoming an important factor in cities’ success in the battle for competitiveness. Growing demand for development resources is forcing cities to seek out new models of cooperation with business, regional administrations, and national governments. What is the secret of fast-growing cities’ economic success? Can cities become the centres of a new industrialization? What is today’s agenda for city leaders?

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