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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Yuri Barzykin

Yuri Barzykin

Vice President, Russian Union of Travel Industry; Chairman, Committee on Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation

1991–1993: Mr. Barzykin was MP and Deputy Chairman of City Council of People’s Deputies of Sochi. 1994–1998: MP and Deputy Chairman for Legislation and Legal Policy under the Legislative Assembly of Krasnodar Krai. 1996–2001: MP and Chairman of the Sochi City Assembly of the first and second convocations. 2001–2003: Deputy Head of the Krasnodar Krai Administration for development of the Azov and Black Sea coast, sanatoria, resorts and tourism, as well as General Director of the Department for Integrated Development of the Azov and Black Sea Coast; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Krasnaya Polyana Plc; organised preparations for creating the tourist and recreational alpine resort Krasnaya Polyana in Sochi.2003: United Russia Party Envoy to the Krasnodar Krai. He spearheaded the regional election headquarters of the party for elections to Russia’s State Duma. 2004 —2008: Member of the Party’s General Council. 2003–2007: MP in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the fourth convocation from United Russia, Vice-Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Tourist Services Market.Since 2008: Vice-President of the Russian Union of Tourist Industry. Since 2005: Chairman of the Committee for Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Recreation, Hotel and Resorts at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Since 2013: Chairman of the Commission for Tourism and Hospitality at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Barzykin is an expert of the Coordination Council for implementing the federal target programme "Development of Inland and Inbound Tourism in the Russian Federation (2011—2018)."He is a member of advisory boards for tourism under the Committee of the Federation Council for social policy, the Russian State Duma Committee for Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship, and the FAS of Russia. He is a member of the editorial and working groups of the Presidium of the Russian Federation’s State Council.