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 162 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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Social Enterprise as a Resource in Regional Development
15 February 2018

Today in Russia, a new phenomenon has arisen in the entrepreneurial sphere — social enterprise. ‘Social enterprise’ is about the voluntary participation of entrepreneurs in solving acute social challenges, not with the goal of exacting maximum profit, but rather of achieving maximum social effect. A bill to reinforce the concept of social enterprise has now been developed and submitted to the Russian Federation Government. Comprehensive measures are being put in place to develop this area of entrepreneurship. Social enterprise is one of the priorities of current state social policy, and work in this area should be continued. What is the present status of social enterprise in Russia’s regions? How can the involvement of social entrepreneurs facilitate the resolution of acute social problems and regional development? What support measures are already being provided, and what others are needed? Is major business ready to provide support to social enterprise? How does Russian experience in social enterprise compare with global best practices?

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