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 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.

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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Igor Drozdov

Igor Drozdov

Chairman of the Board, Skolkovo Foundation
Quotes
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Mass Youth Involvement in Entrepreneurship: Current Realities and Future Potential
In actual fact, tech entrepreneurship is not necessarily the domain of young people, but it is true that if you look at the statistics, the overwhelming majority of companies are those with young people, the younger generation
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty
In many areas, it is essential to have international cooperation, to cultivate interdependence, in the positive sense of the word. When, on the one hand, we invest something, <...> in this sense, we indirectly advance our products abroad and, on the other hand, depend on foreign products, while our partners depend on our products. In this sense, the open-source model [developing software that is delivered to the end-user with an open-source code, i.e., the application may be altered without violating the developers’ author’s rights, – Ed.], provides a certain alternative to the reign of transnational corporations, because intellectual property has become a very strong tool
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty
On the one hand, we say that we want to develop artificial intelligence, become leaders in this industry, but for that we need a lot of data, and have a totally different approach to this data. <...> In Russia, this [sector – Ed.] is strictly regulated. On the other hand, we say that: private lives are of utmost importance; we are tired of all of those calls, spam, etc. But these are rather mutually exclusive issues. <...> Technological leadership, if that is what we are aiming for, is impossible without sufficiently flexible regulations when it comes to data
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty
On the one hand, Russia, the US, and China are leaders here [in the digital sector, – Ed.], we have competitive technological advantages, but on the other hand, in order to keep up with this race we must invest more and more funds and resources – which the US and China have more of a priori: because their economies are more developed, their markets larger. And here we have a curious choice: on the one hand we are concerned about data security <...> and on the other, all of that is a barrier to attracting investment and developing technologies. It turns out that we are having to invest government resources, opportunities for attracting private investment are dwindling, and our competitive advantage is shrinking
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty
Intellectual property is a powerful instrument and I think that we underestimate its importance for managing economic relations. <...> The digital companies that are driving digital transformations are essentially shaping regulatory norms. Somethat that we usually expect to be shaped by governments. Even when it comes to the familiar private law sector. <...> Digital technologies are changing the ways in which people communicate and interact, essentially – social relations. We are used to seeing these relations be regulated by laws
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Intellectual Property Ecosystem in the Making
Where is the line of what’s considered a creative contribution and when it’s not? This is something that has yet to be discussed, and maybe it is good that what is created by artificial intelligence is in the public domain, and it will be possible to monetize the developer’s contribution to the creation of these neural network algorithms in other ways
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Intellectual Property Ecosystem in the Making
Regulation of intellectual property is definitely important, of course, but it nevertheless remains secondary with respect to the business models and the methods of commercialization that a particular company chooses for itself
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Improving National Jurisdiction and Protecting Investors’ Rights
The problem of protecting the rights of entrepreneurs is broader. <...> Our society displays a distinct lack of tolerance towards entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurship is not promoted in our country
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
‘Regulatory Guillotine’: A New Look at Old Requirements
Legislation must be kept technically neutral. In other words, the Civil Code should not specify what type of electronic signature is required. Or traffic regulations should not describe equipment of a driving school vehicle, because everything changes quite rapidly. We need to take edit out all those technical standards from the acts of higher legal power
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Smart Regulation Tools for the Digital Economy
Why the legislation is not changing fast enough, <…> officials assess the risks using the ‘do no harm’ principle
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
National Champions Pitch Session
Skolkovo is on the lookout for tech projects, and we do have plenty of them – around 2,000. Of course, far from all of them manage to come hurtling out of the starting blocks, and not all of them find themselves in the complex world of tech entrepreneurship <…> The number of mature companies in Skolkovo’s portfolio is growing. While companies with revenues of over 100 million roubles accounted for 4.5% of its portfolio in 2016, in 2017 that figure grew to around 7%
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Export Accelerator: Learning to Trade Globally
It is necessary to do networking, especially for small companies, because they cannot find contact with a potential large client without assistance from the outside
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Regulating the Technological Singularity: How Can We Open Doors to the New?
I would not<…> exaggerate the role of law here. <...>It depends. If we address unmanned vehicles, <...> they cannot appear until we change traffic control in our streets. And let’s say, we address cryptocurrency, of course, we can regulate certain things or not, but these processes will happen sooner or later
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
New Investment Policy Mechanisms: Engines of Growth
Comprehensive assessment of development mechanisms and institutions <…> is not only an occasion to clarify the development strategy of an institution, but also an opportunity to identify the so-called best practices and start replicating them,” Alexander Shokhin. “In debating legislation we should consider the impact of a bill to be adopted on already existing business
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Life Sciences in 2030: A New Era for Biotechnology
In order to create medical technology, you need to have data. And data collection is a sensitive story. The attitude towards collecting biomaterial is ambiguous. We, on one hand, can not do without digitizing this data, but on the other hand we have an issue of information security and legislation
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Life Sciences in 2030: A New Era for Biotechnology
There is a definite trend not to cure on-going illnesses, but rather to predict the propensity, predisposition of a particular person to a particular disease. Whether it's gene editing or selecting individual treatment and customized drugs