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.

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Quality of Life as a Key Driver of Contemporary Development
3 June 2021
17:00—18:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Quality of life has become a key factor in both human and economic development in the modern society

The results of the survey of the regional network: the majority of people named the possibility of self-fulfillment as the most important factor defining the quality of life. In second place people named the availability and quality of medical care, in third place – the provision of material goods, then safety, and in fifth place they mentioned the quality of the urban environment and public spaces, opportunities for education and various opportunities — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

Quality of life in a modern economy is a basic thing. If there is no quality of life, people will leave to look for other cities, other countries. All modern businesses, all global companies that are successful, they are all based on human capital. In order for a country to be successful and achieve economic growth and all other indicators, they must ensure the quality of life. How the country moves forward is different from case to case — Maxim Oreshkin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.

Previously [quality of life - Ed.] was an add-on to powerful industrialization, not a value in itself. <...> Today's economy is post-industrial, and human capital comes first. Cities that have achieved a high quality of environment and life for citizens are in the lead, the true leaders of economic growth. This is a completely different relationship between growth and the quality of life, between human capital and capital in the general sense. <...> The development of the quality of life is more important than the development of industrial zones <...> Now public space is one of the most essential, demanded areas — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

ISSUES
Vector of urban development needs to shift from industrial zones and transport towards a comfortable urban environment

Our streets were not made for this huge number of cars, they were just simple traffic corridors. Can we call them public places or spaces? There was no such term. <...> When millions of new cars appear on the roads every 5 to 10 years, the city becomes less and less comfortable, harsh, environmentally unpleasant — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

There used to be a model for many of our cities that were created during the industrial era: first came a large enterprise, and everything else came second <...>, everything else, including residential neighborhoods, were created as an appendage to this large enterprise. <...> Transformation that the whole country is facing right now is an opportunity to change something in every settlement, so that it improves the quality of life. It is clear that somewhere it will require some degree of support from the federal centre, but in any case, this is the task of the teams working in each locality — Maxim Oreshkin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.

The problem of job creation and city development strategies

There is an opinion that cities are not growing anymore. But agglomerations are growing, turning into megalopolises with tens of millions of people living in them. <...> New challenges arise, new problems arise, and it is necessary to constantly remain on track, to think about tomorrow. One of the main problems is the structure of the economy, the structure of jobs. What should we develop in Moscow? <...> How do you make sense of the economy of a new period, a new time? And it is important not to make a mistake in the development strategy which you lay down today, and it will bear fruit in five, ten, fifteen years — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

Often times we hear that Moscow has a large revenue base and its experience cannot be replicated. This is not true — Igor Shuvalov, Chairman, VEB.RF.

SOLUTIONS
Cities need to compete for people, while city authorities need to build a dialogue with the residents

Cities began to compete for people, which means that their cities had to be the best in terms of quality of life, and not in one area, but in all of them at once. A person needs to study today, work tomorrow, get sick the day after tomorrow, go for a walk – he or she needs everything at once. It is a city that has to provide everything all at the same time. Only then it is a city of high quality, a city for the people — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

Today, a qualified request comes from the Muscovites: somewhere we are ready for a dialogue, somewhere we can tolerate something, somewhere we do not like something. The city that we have now makes us all tolerate something, and forces us to become more flexible in the dialogue, because after certain inconveniences are resolved the quality is created. It is this quality that allows us to develop. <...> You can look at monocities. <...> If a team is hungry for new knowledge, if they act professionally and interact with people – even if it is a town of 50 thousand residents – literally in a year or two people see huge changes — Igor Shuvalov, Chairman, VEB.RF.

Quality of life as a driver of economic growth is probably the defining trend in the global economy. We understand that the focus is on the people, their needs, hence the global economy is changing. There is a demand for a green economy, for a circular economy. It is a global trend that will determine the structure of the global economy for many years to come — Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS