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 179 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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IT Leadership: An Alliance of Russia and the Developing World
18 June 2022
08:30—10:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Russian IT products have a competitive advantage

The competitiveness that service companies have in Western countries is, of course, lower than it is in countries [that are friendly to Russia now] […] Companies manage to find niches and interesting markets [...] We are truly good enough and have a competitive advantage both in terms of the maturity of our solutions and the maturity of our platforms that we offer — Ruslan Vagizov, Director, ICL Services.

I would recommend paying attention to industrial automation [...] If we look at where this sector is going, we will see that it’s essentially software already [...] There is a programme for the innovative development of industrial automation, as part of which we are already talking about virtual PLCs [programmable logistics controllers], virtual SCADA, and a unified platform approach [...] We want to build up this area based on international standards, and this is already a theme of exports — Anton Dumin, Director of the Directorate for Information Technologies, Automation and Telecommunications, Gazprom Neft.

ISSUES
Lack of specialists in IT diplomacy

Our Indian friends have created a department in the Ministry of Science that deals with the external environment. They are promoting their solutions very actively. This is technological diplomacy. In [Russia], when we talk about BRICS or about cooperation, for example, with India, there is no technological agenda and no IT agenda. Our diplomats don’t talk about it at all — Andrey Bezrukov, President, Technological Sovereignty Exports Association; Professor, Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University.

We need to create Russian hubs in friendly countries, not just offices, call centres, branding, PR, or marketing […] I don’t fully understand who digital attachés are. I’m afraid that few people understand where these individuals come from or what experience they have in IT or sales [...] I would like these people to have a status or to at least have the rank of deputy ambassador — Lev Matveev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SearchInform.

When we enter certain markets in order to export equipment from Russia, we see that there is no marketing support. We have to enter these markets through partners because we don’t have a serious sales network. Any support from the government in terms of promoting Russian companies would be useful — Ruslan Vagizov, Director, ICL Services.

A mechanism needs to be developed to make payments in the IT sector in the new realities

As for the current problem with payments, it’s particularly acute for those who work in exports. A lot of payments simply aren’t coming in. I don’t know how small companies with large cash gaps survive. Something needs to be done here. Perhaps lending truly needs to be provided somehow to cover the cash gap while there is a payment crisis — Kirill Menshov, Senior Vice President for Information Technology, Rostelekom.

SOLUTIONS
Collaboration with existing companies and specialists abroad will help promote Russian IT products

We need to get the [Russian-Emirates Business Council] to sponsor the presence of our IT companies in foreign markets by 70%, at least for a year [...] They have money. They simply haven’t been assigned such a task — Andrey Bezrukov, President, Technological Sovereignty Exports Association; Professor, Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University.

There are lots of graduates from Russian universities who studied 20–30 years ago and have now become CEOs and senior managers. They treat Russia very well […] Why don’t we lean on this shoulder? I think it should be used. It would be nice at the state level […] to create a register of graduates of Russian universities who work abroad […] They will work for Russia’s benefit — Lev Matveev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SearchInform.

You can establish cooperation with Russian companies that have representative offices and sales channels and are implementing some large projects in these [foreign] countries. Moreover, large private business is ready to cooperate with us. I would actually suggest that state-owned companies include this in their directives: if state-owned companies operate on the territory of these countries, you can directly include tasks in the directives to promote Russian solutions, how to use them as a platform, and how to use the infrastructure — Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS