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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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How May Utility Payments be Organized in a Way that is Convenient for the Public and Transparent for Suppliers?
5 October 2018

This year was notable for the introduction of changes to the Housing Code, allowing for the transition to direct contracts between utility providers and consumers. Now, people can receive utility services from various suppliers: heat, gas, and power companies; water companies; and regional operators for handling household waste, which all have different charging schemes, seasonality of delivery, billing and payment standards, and systems of calculating and granting discounts. The volume of payments for utility services is huge, so a reliable, stable payment system for utilities, ensuring guaranteed delivery of payments from consumers to suppliers, is the key factor for the sustainable operation of all housing and utilities services. Against this background, the debate on the role of the Unified Information and Payment Centre in the system of settlements and interaction with consumers of housing and utilities services has once again become relevant. Should the Unified Information and Payment Centre become an obligatory part of the market for providing housing and utilities services? Which requirements/standards should they meet, and how may they guarantee protection against improper use of the funds paid by consumers and ensure transparency for consumers and service providers? Could the Unified Information and Payment Centre become an innovative driver in housing and utilities services and take the customer service system to a qualitatively new level, when digital technologies become part of our lives? Electronic services, digital management technologies, smart metering, blockchain, and smart contracts — are these just pretty words, or the real future of housing and utilities services?

Russian Energy Week
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Manege, –2nd floor, conference hall D
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