A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 126 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Alexander Ivlev

Alexander Ivlev

CIS Managing Partner, Deputy Regional Accounts Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia, EY
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22.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
National AI Strategies in Russia and the World
People must understand the benefits of digitalisation and AI. They must see that changes are good
22.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
National AI Strategies in Russia and the World
What are the prospects of AI, what will happen in 50–100 years? What implications of AI development we will face?
22.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
National AI Strategies in Russia and the World
Personal data security and use is a pressing issue in Russia. Only 18% of people are ready to share their bank details
22.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Fathers and Sons: ESG Issues and the Generation Gap
People start investing in healthy lifestyles, focusing on healthy eating. This is not a reaction to advertising, but a conscious reorientation through information technology
22.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Fathers and Sons: ESG Issues and the Generation Gap
Five key reports of the World Economic Forum are related to environmental issues
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Productivity Leaders: Drawing on the Asian and European Experience to Support Regional Growth
The Russian Far East is a unique opportunity to create infrastructure in an area that, unfortunately, is not yet fully developed. If you look at global best practices, then Canada, just like the Russian Far East, is surrounded by water. They have a low population density, are primarily focused on extraction with low levels of processing. At the same time, in the province of Saskatchewan, they were able to create a centre that collects practically all of the products being imported from Asia that then get distributed all over North America. We in the Russian Far East can serve as a bridge that connects China and Europe and other areas
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Productivity Leaders: Drawing on the Asian and European Experience to Support Regional Growth
In theory, the situation in Russia is not that bad, but there is room for improvement. The World Economic Forum rated the competitiveness of various countries. Russia is currently in 43rd place out of 140 countries. It’s not bad, it’s a good result. Nevertheless, there is room to grow. Labour productivity is one of the key factors that will help propel us further
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Productivity Leaders: Drawing on the Asian and European Experience to Support Regional Growth
Rosstat’s figures show that labour productivity has increased by 1.8% compared to last year. That figure is 2.4% in the Russian Far East. On the whole, those results aren’t bad. <...> The Russian Far East is an interesting region in the eyes of foreign investors. If we take a look at the statistics, we can see that in 2011, the Far East’s share of all foreign investments in Russia was somewhere around 4%. Now, the Russian Far East accounts for 25–30% of foreign investment. Investors are coming here
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Reform of the Construction Industry. Transition to a New Mechanism of Housing Construction
In the nearest future the residential housing market in our country will become much safer for consumers. Transition to project financing is a huge step forward. We did not reinvent the wheel, we just looked at how this works on other markets. In the UK, for example, in order to buy an apartment during the construction stage, prepayment of 10% of the total cost in needed. The rest is paid after the construction is completed, and warranties from bank and insurance company are obligatory. The same mechanisms are used in India and Canada
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
An Innovation Economy: Opportunities for Smart Specialization in the Regions
Regional development is becoming a priority for the development of the country. Growth points in our country are infrastructure development, regional development; it is not accidental the World Economic Forum has prioritized the issue of smart cities and artificial intelligence in managing agglomerations as one of the most important ones
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Russia’s Support for Private Investment in the Arctic: A New Approach
It is very important that the government pays much attention to this subject, provided that we already have a very good experience of developing certain regions. Probably the best example is the development of the Russian Far East. Over the past 5 to 7 years, a lot has been done to create proper infrastructure, to attract human capital. The process continues, and most importantly, the numbers reflect that
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Russia’s Support for Private Investment in the Arctic: A New Approach
The Arctic is a truly strategically important region for Russia. The Arctic is rich in oil, gas and other minerals. It produces one tenth of the global oil and a quarter of natural gas. As for the contribution of the Arctic to the Russian economy, it accounts for about 6% of Russia’s GDP, and drives 11% of investments in fixed assets
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Training Employees to Implement National Projects
The regional rating indicates, among other things, how efficiently teams work and implement the changes necessary to improve the business environment and climate. The government is also paying attention to how well trained <...> the personnel is. In 2018, an educational programme was implemented to develop regional teams. The programme was developed based on the best world practices and the Russian experience in developing management resources
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Training Employees to Implement National Projects
The topic of today’s discussion is how much the implementation of national projects depends on those who execute it directly, how to train the best management personnel and use their potential, and how best to scale the results with other branches of management and the country as a whole
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
Only 20% of our GDP goes to small and medium business. In the most innovative economies – such as Finland, Italy, or France – this share is 60%. In those markets, entrepreneurship is commercialized through innovative ideas that get to consumers
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
We can’t treat entrepreneurship as a structure that can only be developed through the government. Entrepreneurship goes from the bottom up
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurial environment is important for business, but the most crucial thing is the entrepreneurial spirit that allows business people to make the right decisions, to look for the rights niches, to enter markets with the right products and to cooperate with their partners
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
We need to work with young people more
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur is a calling. You can’t learn it. It’s an art of being a person who can fall, rise and move forward
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
There’s a change of sorts all the time, and it’s in the way of things
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Russia: DNA of the New Entrepreneur
We discussed how we can help our companies in tapping into global markets. In reality, we just need to play by market rules and within competition environment through using global best practices that exist today
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Breakthrough Technologies in Medicine: Evolution, Revolution, Organization
From a commercial point of view the most interesting topics for investors are: the development of innovative medicines, the introduction of new medical technologies and products, digital healthcare, telemedicine, as well as issues related to cellular and genomic research, and neurotechnology
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Breakthrough Technologies in Medicine: Evolution, Revolution, Organization
If we look at the advanced technologies and convergence processes that allow accelerate innovations in various segments of the economy, then the most advanced were in the field of media, telecom and financial and economic services. <...> Medicine will be in the next generation of segments in which innovative approaches will develop very quickly
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Breakthrough in the Far East: How to Become a Leader for Growth in Private Investment
In the nearest decade, Asia will turn into 2.5 billion of middle class people, which will completely change the demand in the global markets. The whole world will be working for Asia. We need to keep in mind that the land there is mostly useless for growing organic food, while well-off people would always want to have access to high-quality food. This is a tremendous opportunity for us, which we must use in the future
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“The best example outside of Russia is Barcelona. The effect they have received is 50 years of sustainable economic growth. The infrastructure that allows to develop small and medium-sized businesses was created, they attracted a large number of tourists; people came, they saw the city of Barcelona, and they realized that it is a comfortable city for living, a place where the sea is nearby, where one can go to the beach, enjoy modern life, restaurants, infrastructure for recreation; prices on property after the [Olympic] Games went up dramatically, people started buying real estate, companies and businesses went there. The entire infrastructure that has been built is used 100%,”
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“But the effect will be short-term. If you look at the past examples, there was the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Three quarters of tourists who came to the World Cup went to Germany for the first time. 88% of tourists said they would bring their friends to show Germany to them, thus, there is the effect of tourism. In the second quarter of 2006 the German economy grew by 2.4% faster compared to other periods of time when there was no World Cup,”
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“Whenever the World Cup takes place, it results in infrastructure improvement, more attention is paid to healthy lifestyle, and to involving young people into sports. <…> That has to do with making the nation healthier,”
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“The huge soft effect – the soft skills – is how many people will learn English, learn how to work with clients. People will grow professionally, and we will have a large number of people who can work with clients at a high international level,”
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“Speaking of what we can achieve, above all, it is the development of foreign trade; entrepreneurship will develop in different segments: trade, souvenirs, merchandise, food, transportation, guide services, accommodation. All that means small and medium-sized enterprises can make money,”
24.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
It's More Than Just Football: Realizing the Opportunities of World Cup 2018
“The infrastructure is being created; the fact that the tournament is hosted by different cities is very good for our country, <...> because different economic aspects are involved, particularly road construction, infrastructure, ways of connecting different regions, ways for entrepreneurs to earn money are being created,”