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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, 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 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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Oleg Belozerov

Oleg Belozerov

Chief Executive Officer – Chairman of the Executive Board, Russian Railways
Quotes
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The New Stars of the Far East: The Evolution of Major Projects
The Black Swan is the change in the cost of rolled steel, the cost of building materials. In the last six months, we have seen an increase of about 30 to 40%. This will affect the cost of the project. As of today, we have approved these documents by the board of directors. The cost was 720 billion rubles, now it will be 777 billion rubles [the price of the second stage of the modernization of the Eastern Polygon – Ed]
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The New Stars of the Far East: The Evolution of Major Projects
The Far East is developing extremely rapidly, we can see this in the shortage of production capacity. ... We had to concentrate and even start actively restoring old production facilities. ... Features of the project [the Eastern Polygon, – Ed.]: the second stage is being implemented for nine years, it already seems to us today that even for such a large infrastructure the time frame should be reduced, we should try to implement projects in 4 to 5 years from the moment of design, when the procedure, money, and technology are clear
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The New Stars of the Far East: The Evolution of Major Projects
First infrastructure, then investment projects. ... We have reached a good pace of construction in the Far East recently. ... This year we will finish the first stage [of the Eastern Landfill – Ed.] and are actively entering the second stage, we have no doubts that we will implement it, the project is vital. At different times, everyone understood that the East is needed. The Trans-Siberian Railway, BAM in Soviet times, then it was said that BAM was not needed. Today, the capacity is often insufficient. The world is changing so fast. You have to keep up. ... It is necessary to create capacity reserves so that investment projects come to us
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Bringing the Far East Closer: Approaches to Reducing Transport Costs
Since we have cross-subsidizing, certain colleagues are right to say: why are we paying more? Let’s tie it to a certain price, boost unprofitable cargoes, reduce highly profitable ones, and create additional conditions for the development of small transportation business, medium business, and highly profitable ones. We agree with this position
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Bringing the Far East Closer: Approaches to Reducing Transport Costs
The cost of coal and the volume is growing, and we are seeing greater losses. How can we create a correct and fair tariff? I believe this issue has not yet been settled or resolved. We understand that some areas need to be supported, above all, the coal sector. But the current situation has led to the fact that the tariff decisions should be changed. If the rates are favourable, we are currently the most reliable borrower internationally. If the tariffs are favourable, we will find investments. In this regard, it’s a question of the fairness of tariffs
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Bringing the Far East Closer: Approaches to Reducing Transport Costs
I believe that the volume of traffic will be warranted. We calculated the volume of containerization, and it’s more than 50% lower than throughout the whole country, but in transit we have not yet even reached 5%. We now see that our partners and shippers to China would very much like to use railways [...] So the potential here has not been exhausted. We believe that containerization is the future. We will offer even better services
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Qualitative Growth: The Expansion of Agglomerations in Response to Global Challenges
In the future, thanks to the speed of transport, everyone will be able to find themselves wherever they want [...] And we will be able to take advantage of many other opportunities, so I am absolutely sure that this positive experience and persistence will create absolutely different opportunities, not only intra-agglomeration, but also inter-agglomeration
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–France
We are the cleanest mode of transport. <...> We propose mechanisms for the future: emissions from railways – if we take emissions as a whole in the Russian Federation – are less than 2%
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–France
Together we are stronger; we can get better results for our citizens
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–France
There are two new areas – environmental protection and transit. Things we have to work on
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–France
A lot of work has been done to change the investment ecosystem. The government currently focuses on the green agenda. This is one of our key priorities
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–France
The year 2020 did not stop the work of our joint council. It introduced new elements that proved to be effective. We… have found a set of advantages, when more people can join the discussion of certain questions
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Transport as the Backbone of the Economy
We have created an engineering centre for the development of high-speed rolling stock. [...] There will be a new railway culture. We need to change and do everything more quickly. But one principle will definitely remain in place — safety and reliability. Eco-friendliness is also a key element
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Introducing Russia to Africa
Existing competencies of Russian Railways will be demanded in Africa. African countries are about to reach leading social and economic performance. By 2050, over one third of global population increase will occur in African countries. Keeping this pace, ensuring the quality of economic growth and life is only possible through developing railways. This has been proved by the world’s experience
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Russia–Japan
Russian Railways, as a corporation, is collaborating with our Japanese partners already. The key area is the Trans-Siberian Railway shipments. Today, cooperation with Japan accounts for nearly one third of the Trans-Siberian Railway cargo turnover; it exceeded 45 million tonnes last year, and the volume of cargo traffic is growing. Container shipments are growing faster than average, accounting for more than 11%,
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Future of Transport Corridors Running through the Far East: International Experience and Russian Realities
Digital technology is the area that is supposed to be the most effective in all respects. <…> Digital format helps avoid a lot of outdated functions
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Future of Transport Corridors Running through the Far East: International Experience and Russian Realities
With digitalization, we are planning to make the most efficient decisions online to optimize internal workflows. Our goal is to enable cargo shippers and other stakeholders to see online what is going on in the Russian Railways, where the cargo will be, how much is the shipment, how can one optimise the workflow
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–China
Russian and Chinese railways are the two largest infrastructure systems. <...> We transport 1.3 billion tons of cargo annually. Last year, the growth of container transit through the Russian railways network increased by a third, with 351,000 twenty-foot equivalent units transported. <...> Traffic volume growth reflects the interaction of our economies. This year we plan to increase the volume by over 20%
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Economics of Urban Comfort
Railway transport is the future. It is environmental friendliness, cleanliness, convenience, Wi-Fi access, personal office on the move through the city, and it is public transport. Recently, we have done a lot to build good logistics within cities, but it is not only the transport, but it is also seamless technology, a railroad, taxi, buses
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Fuel and Energy Sector: Creating the Conditions for Investment to Guarantee the Continuing Competitiveness of the Russian Economy
“Russian railways and the fuel and energy sector are inseparable. The fuel and energy sector accounts for 60% of the cargo turnover of the Russian railways. Our plans are set accordingly. We plan to invest nearly 9 trillion roubles before 2024. <...> We see an increase in coal exports as the key element. By 2025, it should increase to 500 million tons. That is why nearly 700 billion roubles have been allocated to modernize the Baikal–Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway,”
04.10.2018
Russian Energy Week 2018
Developing Infrastructure for Economic Growth and Improved Living Standards
We don’t need old infrastructure. We need modern infrastructure combined with absolutely new, progressive elements. And we need attractive, convenient infrastructure
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Japan
About one third of shipments along Trans-Siberian Railway are cargoes to Japan. Last year the shipped volume reached the record of 44 million tons, which is almost 10% more than in 2016. And there is more to come. Vladimir Putin set the task of covering the distance between the western and eastern borders in 7 days. We are going to deliver in the near future
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The International Cross-Sectoral Balance and Transport Corridors
Within the framework of intermodality, we need to find the optimal transport chains <...> Forecasts for 2014 have been very seriously corrected. [They] did not account for such an explosive growth in traffic volumes on the route China–Western Europe, as well as growth of transport within Russia <...>In our programme, we assume that by 2025 the turnover of goods via railways should grow at least by 4%
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The International Cross-Sectoral Balance and Transport Corridors
Now we set a goal to complete the programme until 2025, because the President's message and decrees have set enormous tasks for the country's development. We link these ambitious plans together. The railways will not be a bottleneck, this is embedded in our programme. We plan to take care of all bottlenecks until 2025. Russian Railways plans to invest 7 trillion 200 billion roubles by 2025 from its own funds. In general, the programme for the development of the railway network is worth 10 trillion roubles, 2.8 trillion rouble we plan to attract from private investors
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The International Cross-Sectoral Balance and Transport Corridors
We plan to create the most comfortable conditions for investors in order to make it convenient for colleagues to work in the transport environment, including in the railway
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The International Cross-Sectoral Balance and Transport Corridors
The most precious thing that exists today is time. A balanced tariff policy is necessary both within one country as well as between different countries. <…> In Europe, large restrictions exists between countries, and it is necessary to develop unifying legal elements that would enable us to move forward. <…> I see the need to improve the blockchain technology to form a trusted environment in transportation <...> it will be necessary to create a single transportation documentation for all modes of transport