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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SME Digitalization: Digital Development and Digital Inequality
2 June 2021

Small and medium-sized businesses are ready to transform but prefer to do so gradually. The transformation process is slowed by a lack of understanding of the benefits that arise from implementing new digital technologies. However, SMEs that refuse to digitalize are destined to fall behind their competitors. During the pandemic, self-isolation, and widespread quarantine, the integration of digital technologies into business processes — transitioning business operations to the Internet even in traditionally off-line sectors — became a matter of survival, not just necessity. IT solutions for small businesses: how effective, accessible, and interesting are they for entrepreneurs? What tools and opportunities is the IT industry ready to offer small businesses? Banks for entrepreneurs in the new digital world. Is the government ready to transition from the classical model of supporting the SME sector (benefits, subsidies, fixed infrastructural instruments, etc.) in favour of a service model (supporting business operations, remote access to support and development instruments, help creating IT models for small businesses in any sector, etc.)? What effect will the implementation of IT solutions for small businesses have on existing SME support infrastructure and development institutions, including financial ones? The reputation of entrepreneurs in the digital world. How prepared are small and medium-sized businesses for digital transformation? How quickly can they adopt collaboration and remote sales technologies? How to reduce the business expenses of implementing digital business solutions (labelling, Unified State Automated Information System (EGAIS), PLATON ETC System, Mercury Automated Information System, etc.).

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