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

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social 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 129 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Alexander Braverman

Alexander Braverman

Member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, SME Corporation
Quotes
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
There is an order from Vladimir Putin <…> to create a Mirror Registry on the portal of the SME Business Navigator [to inspect small businesses, – Ed.]. All of us have been and are continuing to be inspected and 94% of these inspections are unscheduled. The Mirror Registry solves three problems. First, we receive feedback and compare everything starting from legal orders or other documents that constitute inspections, culminating in the inspection and challenging it in the courts. <…> We identify the delta, and the response to prosecutorial measures will be immediate. The second problem concerns the violations that were identified during the inspections, which should be analyzed, summarized <…> and the step-by-step measures necessary to prevent further violations should be clearly outlined. We are launching it on 15 October
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
In the Far Eastern Federal District, financial support for nearly 5,000 business deals has amounted to RUB 97.7 billion. Of these, corporation guarantees amounted to RUB 37.7 billion. By 2024, we must have an annual growth of 25%. <…> By 2024, the accumulated result will be RUB 420 billion at 2–3% below the market rate
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
One of the solutions: if the audit data is not entered into the Unified Register of Inspections, its results shall be deemed invalid. <...> The second solution is to analyse and summarize the identified and confirmed violations. In turn, the regulatory authorities have already agreed to outline a step-by-step procedure to prevent major violations
08.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Access Granted: Loyalty Rating of SMEs’ 50 Biggest Customers
We’ll continue improving the interaction mechanism with customers via accelerating partnerships. It is very important as partnership is one of the key elements that build trust
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
We are not looking to expand the toolkit; we act in the areas mentioned today; first of all, it is the access to procurement
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Italy
Today, unfortunately, small and medium businesses produce only 23.3 per cent of GDP, the number of people employed in this segment is 19.2 million. By 2024, along the lines of the Presidential Executive Order, this number should grow to 25 million people, and the share of GDP should grow to no less than 32.5 per cent. <...> The Italian capital, knowledge and cooperation significantly contribute to our process towards these markers
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Italy
In July last year at the initiative of our colleagues from Italy, the President of the Russian Federation signed a law on lifting the 49% restriction on the participation of foreign capital in small and medium businesses. <...> The Corporation has an online resource, which, in my opinion, is unique, and our Italian colleagues confirmed this, it is called Business Navigator. <...> Analytical and statistical data show that 483,000 small and medium-sized enterprises of those that used the Business Navigator services showed a revenue increase. Together with our Italian partners, we are promoting this product to the Italian market
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Innovative Science and Technology Centres: What Should They Look Like?
Startups have our own product line. As a rule, this means 75% guaranteed coverage. This sharing of risks lowers the interest rate by 2 to 4%. We can’t boast of large sums of money. Last year it was just 2 billion RUB
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Role of the Regions in Popularizing Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship needs to be popularized via success stories. It is not always easy to get them though, as entrepreneurs worry that by talking about their successes, they will attract unwanted attention from administrative bodies and inspectors. And yet, to get results, any potential entrepreneur needs to draw upon the experience of a successful entrepreneur
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
The National Project to Develop SMEs: What Will Be Done in the Far East?
There are sectors or areas where respected banks are extremely reluctant even with the subsidizing of rates. I’m referring to startups, agricultural cooperatives, the Far Eastern Federal District as a regional section, and the North Caucasus Federal District. We will supplement our guarantees in the sectors there, gradually stepping them up from RUB 1 trillion to RUB 1.2 trillion and over the years to RUB 10 trillion. This will substantially expand the market and be a significant help to the market
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Business Breakfast. An Investment Breakthrough for the Regions of the Far Eastern Federal District: What Next?
We focus on two areas basically. The first one is expanding access to procurements from large corporations for small and medium-sized businesses. <...> The second area is access to financial resources <...> Availability of financial resources requires a system. In each of the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, the subsidiary of SME bank <...> created remote workplaces. People on those remote jobs research the market and find projects
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Major Russian and Foreign Corporations vs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Building Trust between Customer and Supplier
The number of stock items (goods procured from small businesses): 8,400 in 2015, about 100,000 in 2016, 160,000 in 2017, and this year we have already moved beyond 200,000 stock items. Now we can proceed to a larger-scale task – a matrix diversification of the economy.