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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Rashid Alimov

Rashid Alimov

Professor, Taihe Institute; Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, (2016–2018)
Biography
Born 23 June 1953. Ethnic Tajik.

Education:

Graduated from Tajik State University in 1975. Graduated from the Academy of Social Sciences at the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Central Committee in 1989. Doctor of Political Sciences. Fluent in Tajik, Russian and English.

Experience:

1976-1982: Held various positions in the Central Committee of the Leninist Young Communist League (LYCL) and the Communist Party of Tajikistan (CPT);

1982-1986: Instructor and Deputy Head of the Agitprop Department of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (ALYCL);

1986-1991: First Secretary of the LYCL of Tajikistan and member of the ALYCL Central Committee Bureau; leading positions in the CPT Dushanbe City Committee;

1986-1994: Deputy of two convocations, Chairman of the Committee on Youth Affairs and member of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (TSSR);

1991-1992: State Counsellor to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan;

1992-1994: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan;

1994-2005: Permanent Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the UN;

2005-2015: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the People's Republic of China; Permanent Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO);

SCO Secretary-General since 1 January 2016.

At the SCO summit in Ufa on 10 July 2015, Rashid Alimov was appointed SCO Secretary-General from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. He holds the diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Author of 13 books and over 50 articles on international relations published in academic journals in China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

Received the state orders Friendship of Nations and Sharaf, as well as medals and other awards of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Winner of the Silk Road — Humanitarian Cooperation international prize and gold medal for special contribution to humanitarian cooperation between SCO member states.

Married with two children.