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 International Cross-Sectoral Balance and Transport Corridors
24 May 2018
Demand for transport services on a global scale will grow

It is expected that reshoring will replace outsourcing before 2020: international large companies will return production to the US and Europe. <...> It is expected that the reshoring will have a significant impact on the filling of traffic flows. Under the influence of these factors, the demand for transport services will constantly grow. This will require the development of transport corridors and the optimization of transportation, including inter-industry balance methods — Yakov Urinson, Adviser to the Chairman of the Board, RUSNANO Corporation .

The development of transportation is directly related to the growth rates of our countries' GDP and the growth of trade volumes. The growth rate of world trade, according to WTO data last year amounted to 4.7%. Compared to 2016, this growth is two-fold. In 2018, we forecast this indicator will reach 5.5%. An even more important indicator is the ratio of the growth rates of trade turnover to the growth rates of the economy. In 2017 this figure was 1.5. The importance of this indicator is that it allows us to measure the pace of globalization in the world, and today we can talk about the resumption of its pace — Askar Mamin, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The annual growth of rail freight transport has been 140% since 2014, in the coming years we expect growth at about the same level. This creates great opportunities for rail transport, but it can also be a challenge — Maria Leenen, Chief Executive Officer, SCI Verkehr GmbH .

Cooperation between countries creates new transport opportunities

The opportunities for successful trade turnover are implemented through the cooperation of neighbouring countries and subjects responsible for certain routes — Andrzej Bittel, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Poland.

Today all our customers want to try transportation under the project One Belt – One Way. This project has achieved very good results in terms of reducing the time of delivery — Luc Nadal, Chairman of the Management Board, GEFCO Group .

Bottlenecks on the borders

One of the bottlenecks is Brest in Belarus <...> We are losing time on the border with Russia. This is one of the main problems in the transportation of goods through the Russian Federation. At the same time, companies lose profits, and sometimes they just go into negative. And you can’t work without profit — Maria Leenen, Chief Executive Officer, SCI Verkehr GmbH .

The lack of a balanced tariff policy

The most precious thing that exists today is time. A balanced tariff policy is necessary both within one country as well as between different countries. <…> In Europe, large restrictions exists between countries, and it is necessary to develop unifying legal elements that would enable us to move forward. <…> I see the need to improve the blockchain technology to form a trusted environment in transportation <...> it will be necessary to create a single transportation documentation for all modes of transport — Oleg Belozerov, President, Chairman of the Board, Russian Railways.

Expansion of international cooperation and simplification of customs procedures

In future, it is necessary to reduce the waiting time at the border crossing, financial fees, simplify customs procedures <...> Develop the infrastructure of international routes, use their existing potential, in particular optimize the use of rail transport: trains need to fully loaded — Maria Leenen, Chief Executive Officer, SCI Verkehr GmbH .

Increase of transport competitiveness, creation of comfortable conditions for customers

We do our best to ensure that the transportation of goods across our territory is competitive. We are trying to link all services into a single package — Rolf Jansson, President, Chief Executive Officer, VR Group Ltd..

We plan to create the most comfortable conditions for investors in order to make it convenient for colleagues to work in the transport environment, including in the railway — Oleg Belozerov, President, Chairman of the Board, Russian Railways.

Development of transport infrastructure

We are united by the growing commodity exchange between the growing commodity factory in China and Europe. Our contribution <...> is only 1% in these volumes, but if we talk about cost then this is 30%. We note the high growth dynamics <...> but our transit potential is 4–6 times higher. But we need up to 6 times more airports like Sheremetyevo — Alexey Isaykin, President, Volga-Dnepr Group.

Now we set a goal to complete the programme until 2025, because the President's message and decrees have set enormous tasks for the country's development. We link these ambitious plans together. The railways will not be a bottleneck, this is embedded in our programme. We plan to take care of all bottlenecks until 2025. Russian Railways plans to invest 7 trillion 200 billion roubles by 2025 from its own funds. In general, the programme for the development of the railway network is worth 10 trillion roubles, 2.8 trillion rouble we plan to attract from private investors — Oleg Belozerov, President, Chairman of the Board, Russian Railways.

Creating an enabling legal environment

The government of the Russian Federation has prepared and submitted a draft law on digital filling of goods that are moving across the territory of the Russian Federation to the State Duma. This institution will not only provide information to the consignor and the consignee about the cargo, but also provide preliminary controlling authorities at the border with information on what is being carried. This will allow forming a risk profile for certain goods or shippers in advance and allow a significant part of the cargo travel across the border through the green corridor, increasing the speed of the cargo and reducing transport costs — Evgeniy Ditrikh, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation.

Optimization of transport chains

Within the framework of intermodality, we need to find the optimal transport chains <...> Forecasts for 2014 have been very seriously corrected. [They] did not account for such an explosive growth in traffic volumes on the route China–Western Europe, as well as growth of transport within Russia <...>In our programme, we assume that by 2025 the turnover of goods via railways should grow at least by 4% — Oleg Belozerov, President, Chairman of the Board, Russian Railways.

Close interaction between business and carriers

We have achieved a high-quality interaction with the railway industry and a very high level of openness in the dialogue. Current achievements in the field of tariff formation are something that we could only dream of — Andrey Varichev, Chief Executive Officer, Management Company METALLOINVEST LLC.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS