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 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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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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
14:00—15:15

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?


Date
05.10.2018
Forum
Russian Energy Week
Started at
14:00—15:15
Conference hall
Manege, –2nd floor, conference hall D
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