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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.

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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 165 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 76 countries worldwide, and 154 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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Infrastructure of the Future: How should Business and the Authorities Adapt to the New Environment?
24 May 2018
Innovation increases the speed of life and consumption tempo

The tendency is <…>time is compressed, a person is forced to process a huge amount of information, which gave rise to a new phenomenon: sliding consumerism, when a person prefers to use disposable things. <…> According to many futurists, Toffler in particular, it is believed that a person will change his place of work every three years, and the place of residence every five years — Tatiana Redko, Deputy Managing Director, Renault Russia .

Innovation <...> is formed at the junction between network organizations and consumers. <...> There is a huge amount of various additional services — Evgeniy Olkhovich, Deputy General Director for Strategic Development, Rosseti .

Creation of new technologies requires active cooperation of companies from different spheres of business

From what we are already doing: we have a joint project with Yandex in the field of e-commerce <...> we got a project in the field of digital medicine <...> we recently announced the acquisition of a corporate messenger called Dialog. <...> We are ready for partnership and cooperation — Lev Khasis, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank .

Innovations in the transport industry are actively developing

As we can see, electric cars are not that rare in the streets, drones also do not seem to be a sci-fi thing, so recharging mobile vehicles with drones is all <…> is in the nearest future — Oleg Goshchansky, Chairman, Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS .

New products and services are emerging. The first, without a doubt is carsharing. We all see how Moscow is going through a carsharing boom. <...> The second direction is that many corporations are beginning to actively invest in a new mobility. <...> The third is, of course, electric vehicles — Tatiana Redko, Deputy Managing Director, Renault Russia .

Unavailability of the mass consumer to use innovations

The percentage (people - Ed.), who use services like Yandex Taxi is still quite low. And if we talk about services like Yandex Drive <...> the percentage is miniscule — Greg Abovsky, Operating Officer, Yandex.

Among all of our chargers <...> at the moment the most frequently used by external consumers has a load of 1.5%. It is very difficult for me, as a businessman, to bullishly develop a charging infrastructure — Evgeniy Olkhovich, Deputy General Director for Strategic Development, Rosseti .

Most of charging stations <…> are entirely unprofitable — Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

The city in Russia with most electric vehicles <...> is Vladivostok, it now has 1,500 cars. <...> Let's go back to the figure that was mentioned <...> 300 gas stations for 1500 cars in central Russia. There is one charging station in Vladivostok — Vladimir Solodov, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District.

The exposure of digital technologies to cyber threats

KPMG recently completed a large survey, interviewing the CEOs of global international companies. One of the questions was: as CEO, what worries you the most? <...> Half of them put the issues of <...> susceptibility to cyberattacks, issues of digital security on the first place — Oleg Goshchansky, Chairman, Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS .

When we talk about infrastructure <...> this is when the level of cyber security begins to decline — Vyacheslav Nikolaev, Vice-President of Marketing, MTS .

Involving large companies with financing innovations

Oil industry <…> may become a source of significant capital for investment for the digital segment development <...> and most importantly, the oil industry needs it — Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

Those contractors who work with oil companies and create this environment for them, they don’t work with oil companies alone. <...> In other words, this contractor can work with Sberbank but the oil company gave him a basic anchor contract that allowed this company to develop and enter the market — Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

Creating an investment-friendly atmosphere

It is impossible to instil digitalization, any new technology is not going to work if it is forced. We need to create conditions for the business itself to be interested in this. As for energy, there are tax incentives — Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

On one hand, it is important <...> to provide regulation, which will allow all operators to interact well with each other, but on the other hand competition must be maximized — Vyacheslav Nikolaev, Vice-President of Marketing, MTS .

We need to make sure that private players can innovate in this model, yet we mustn’t regulate the incomes of such innovative companies so that the state gets more revenue. It is necessary to allow all these companies to test innovations — Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer, VINCI Concessions; Chairman, VINCI Airports.

How can you balance infrastructure investments? In China, in many cities, their governments are trying to take on this function. They buy infrastructure assets and take out loans — Daming Cheng, Executive Director, China International Capital Corporation Limited.

Focus on bottlenecks

We shouldn’t give ourselves the task of digitalizing the entire city. <...> There’s no need to try to cover everything and provide a service for everyone. We need to identify the problems and work with them. And use the best practices from <...> other countries — Joe So, Chief Technology Officer Industry Solutions, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Creating digital platforms to aggregate data

And all this layers on top of one another: communication networks, data processing centres, positioning, and digital cartography. <...> How will an artificial intellect receive all this data? <...>will it order a snapshot every time? <...>This is why we need digital platforms <...> they will pre-aggregate this information and provide access to it for each particular machine — Boris Glazkov, Vice-president, Rostelekom.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS