A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Success Factors: Ideas, Personnel, Skills
14 February 2019
12:00—13:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
National projects as an ambitious new approach to the development of the country as a whole

National projects are a single matrix into which we have tried to fit the life of the entire country. Never in the history of modern Russia has anything so complex, far-reaching, and ambitious been done before — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

We see national projects as an investment instrument that makes it possible to direct resources from different sources to priority goals. The funding specifications for national projects are really impressive, with more than RUB 25.7 trillion over the next 6 years. [...] Almost 1,000 project initiatives have been announced for nearly RUB 76 trillion. 250 of them are already investment proposals for a total amount of approximately RUB 12 trillion — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Favourable economic conditions have been created for development within the country

Financial markets and the banking system are generally stable. Unlike in many countries, the current situation here is satisfactory, which means a safe level of foreign debt, which has decreased over the past year by more than USD 60 billion. A positive balance of payments; a significant federal budget surplus of approximately 2.7% of the GDP. Growing international reserves – since the beginning of last year we have increased them by USD 43 billion [...] Unemployment remains at a record low of approximately 4.8% of the economically active population. As we expected, inflation at the beginning of the year increased to 5%, though we expect that in a year it will return to the target level — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

A key success factor is investing in people

Investing in the education of every person is the most effective investment in the development of the country — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Now, personnel and skills are the new oil and the new gold for our country — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

ISSUES
Economic growth does not lead to an increase in the well-being of citizens

Last year, GDP grew by more than 2%. Economic growth has been recorded for the third year in a row. But we are not satisfied with the quality of this growth. The most important thing is that the people of this country have yet to feel this growth — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

People in our country still experience hardship and seek social justice. [...] The people of our country should not have to bear it “until the bright future” but should see the results every day. People trust not beautiful presentations and words but what they see with their own eyes — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Conservative regulatory framework

National projects are a breakthrough, and all our procedures and legislation are very conservative — Maksim Reshetnikov, Acting Governor of Perm Territory.

Insufficient training for a technological breakthrough

The goal of a technological breakthrough coincides at present with a personnel breakdown — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

The system of secondary vocational education, which traditionally surrounds our enterprises, is incapable of preparing a single high-quality employee for our new industries — Andrey Komarov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant.

If we continue in the mindset that says ‘we must prepare 100,000 workers for such-and-such and industry’, we will always lag behind — Marat Atnashev, Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO .

SOLUTIONS
An emphasis on achieving specific life quality indicators

What do we need to get and what do we need to do? More than 1.5 million apartments and 300,000 individual houses annually; 40 children's wards and hospitals built and reconstructed; 420 centres for ambulatory oncology-related care; 230,000 new places in schools; 245 children's technology parks; 345 rural mobile technology parks for children; [...] 40,000 km of roads repaired in the regions, and the same number in major cities and their suburbs; almost 50 reconstructed airfields; the elimination of a huge number of city dumps; world-class centres. [...] These are totally specific things that will be used to judge the implementation of national projects — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

National projects require investment, and during the initial stage, while we are promoting them, people do not immediately see the results. Solving everyday issues fosters trust, which can ultimately be transferred to large-scale projects — Maksim Reshetnikov, Acting Governor of Perm Territory.

Our country lives in different material dimensions. I’m not talking only about money but also about opportunities. Our key task is to minimize these differences between regions so that regardless of where they live, people have normal living conditions, decent wages, the ability to choose work, normal housing, roads, medicine, and education — Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

State support must be systemic and affordable

If the support measures that the state provides are well packaged and easily accessible to entrepreneurs, the effect will be much greater than when they are scattered, and it is not clear how to access them. [...] It is very important to set up a mechanism for dialogue between the state and business and so that it functions smoothly — Artyom Kopylov, Director General, Agromig.

Close cooperation between government and business in training personnel

We need to create a system of continuous education, invest money in it, and attract business to it — Andrey Komarov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant.

We need to build a system of knowledge transfer where business, government agencies, and society as a whole play much bigger roles — Marat Atnashev, Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO .

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS