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, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Russian Quality Standard. Ensuring Russia’s Competitiveness in the World
24 May 2018
Improving Russia’s competitiveness as common objective for business and government

The role of the government is to create the rules of the game, help the most active players and remove unscrupulous players from the market. Additionally, the objective is to create an efficient system of laboratory facilities. <...>The government has already realized this — Alexei Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

The three pillars of excellence are a good legislation with efficient regulation, a high-quality infrastructure that assists industry and society, as well as understanding importance of quality by all economic agents. The country's competitiveness is based on the quality of its products and services, as well as a whole infrastructure of quality — Grigory Dobromelov, Director of the Institute for Applied Political Studies.

Accreditation and standardization as tools to improve market quality and trust

The accreditation system provides an independent evaluation based on international standards and promotes creation of a trust environment, both at the national and global levels. <...> Accreditation is also a tool for managing domestic market. <...> Accreditation and quality infrastructure must go beyond regulated spheres and create new values <...> including enhanced innovation development in private sectors — Alexander Litvak, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Accreditation.

Often a potential investor wants to see that declared products and services meet certain quality standards — Sergey Krzhanovsky, Vice President for Grants, Expertise and Tenders, Skolkovo Foundation.

A standard is a quality assurance tool. While quality is a tool for competitiveness.<...>Everything we have been doing over the recent years should aim restoring the institute of reputation in Russia – human, entrepreneurial and scientific one. This is the key topic for today — Tagir Aushev, Head, Laboratory of High Energy Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University).

Standards help develop business strategies

For a regular person, standards are an affirmation that the goods and services he consumes meet the basic criteria or advanced quality standards developed by Roskachestvo. These are the criteria that we are laying for the future. This is a growth path for various industries based on consumer demand — .

When we started drafting innovative development programmes <…> we quickly realized that standards help us define the company's further development – strategic, technological, etc. — Vladimir Sofyin.

Imperfection of existing regulation

Industrial enterprises appeared to be unprepared for the freedom of choice (standards, norms and rules, which need to be actually applied – Editor’s note) set by the current technical regulation system in Russia. At the same time, the government doesn’t seem to understand its role in managing the quality of products and their access to the market — Alexei Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

I went through accreditation process for our innovation in the US, Korea, Japan and Russia. Russia was the toughest of all — Marina Bludyan, Vice President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia.

Unfortunately, today conformity assessment is the most painful topic. Everyone recognizes it, including both us as the state regulator and business — Alexei Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

Small and medium-sized businesses face significant barriers set by large corporations as their customers. That would be optional certification of products they buy — .

Quality control infrastructure needs further development

Standardization is closely associated with testing centres. <...>In the early 2000s, the Russian Federation faced a poor situation in that department. We have built a project called the Federal Testing Centre to motivate the industry that makes the products we consume to develop new materials, deep automation and, ultimately, build smart networks through using methodology and testing centres — Vladimir Sofyin.

Market shows large portion of counterfeit

Unfortunately, today counterfeiting is our reality — Alexei Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

Business partially unprepared to invest in quality

Unfortunately, Russian enterprises often perceive standards as something unnecessary, expensive — .

Involving business in standard development

Drones are our innovative product on the market. We have found ourselves in a situation where there are simply no standards for them. <...>We decided that we could cooperate with developers to create an efficient standard — Aleksandrs Timofejevs, Director, ARDN Technology Limited.

Developing optional certification system

The system of optional certification through regulations and standards should be formed in various sectors of the economy. <...> But we are not talking just about national standards, but rather about a corporate system of standards, which should protect market players from counterfeit products — Vladimir Sofyin.

Changing corporate culture

We must provide a certain level of quality. This applies to suppliers as well. It is necessary to incorporate standards in the mindset of the company's employees. It is crucial to use them in every process — Carsten Bothmann, Vice President, Regional Projects, Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH.

Certification cost reimbursement for SMEs

The SME Corporation initiated a draft law aimed reduce costs for SMEs that go through optional certification for public procurements — .

Reform of conformity assessment system

The government drafted a resolution. Its preparation involved us and all relevant ministries. It is meant to resolve the most pressing issues related to conformity assessment. This draft resolution was submitted to the Government — Alexei Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

International cooperation

Standards should cover the entire industry. <...> The process of creating standards should be international — Zhengyun Sun, Chief Information Officer, State Grid Corporation of China.

Cooperation on standardization occurs on different levels, both at the government and corporate level — .

When you create something new, it makes sense to unite with people who are also creating something innovative in other countries — Dirk Ahlborn, Chief Executive Officer, of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS