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 159 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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Arkady Dvorkovich

Arkady Dvorkovich

Chairman, Skolkovo Foundation
Quotes
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Transition to a Sustainable Development Trajectory: Strategy, Resources and Implementation Tools
We need to distinguish very clearly between additional costs and the structural changes that we are already making to investments. To a large extent, the investments that are being made simply have to be of a better quality from the point of view of sustainable development — these are not additional costs, they are just changes to the structure of current costs. Investment in our country remains stable at a level of slightly less than 20% of GDP, and it would be a good thing if a significant part of this investment was associated with sustainable development
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Transition to a Sustainable Development Trajectory: Strategy, Resources and Implementation Tools
Energy storage technology is a very important topic; the world has yet to achieve great results, especially in terms of the efficiency and cost of energy storage. And I think that in the next 7–10 years, we should expect the most significant progress to happen precisely in this. [...] The second topic is hydrogen, which we’ve already mentioned, and in this case too there aren’t any technologies that are competitive in terms of cost, though I do think that something will turn up here, too, in the next ten years. [...] There is great potential for our existing shares of both nuclear energy and hydropower
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Transition to a Sustainable Development Trajectory: Strategy, Resources and Implementation Tools
Russian technologies account for 30% to 70% of various new production processes. The percentage continues to grow, albeit slowly, and European and even Chinese technologies are outpacing us for now. [...] As far as energy storage is concerned, we are still a bit behind
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Transition to a Sustainable Development Trajectory: Strategy, Resources and Implementation Tools
In the very least, the state should not create negative incentives, and this includes tax policy, where it should seek tax mechanisms that would serve more for a positive incentive than a neutral one
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Transition to a Sustainable Development Trajectory: Strategy, Resources and Implementation Tools
Technology for metering and energy consumption management are world-class and may be of interest to most countries. Of course, we have not surpassed the most advanced countries — we are simply on the same level. But at the same time, our technology costs less and can compete as a result. It may be of interest in the diverse markets of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and in many other regions
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Role of Quantum Computers in Responding to Global Challenges
Of course, we will continue to give grants and tax preferences to innovative projects. This can wholly affect individual projects that are around the core of this quantum theme, which will inevitably grow at some point so that they will enjoy this support. But financial support from the Skolkovo Foundation is not what’s more important. Our contribution is connecting everyone as they gradually move from an idea to, at least, an initial product, where investors can then swoop in. Indeed, the private sector can take on these projects,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Role of Quantum Computers in Responding to Global Challenges
This [means] involving universities in these projects. And this is also a form, on the one hand, of financial support because universities receive money from the state and then spend money on such research and educational programmes. And this [means] infrastructure, i.e., laboratories, of course, which are also usually located on university campuses or research centres. The state plays a huge role at this stage, but, I stress, in different forms, and not necessarily solely in a purely financial form. In this regard, Skolkovo is not a state itself, but it is an agent of the state or an operator of the state for these projects,
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Open Source in Russia: To Be or Not to Be?
An interesting trend is that the companies that used to be as closed as possible and only used the same type of solutions, shall we say – I’m referring to banks, oil companies, and complex technology companies – are increasingly switching to open source and are not afraid of it at all. Well, they are afraid, but being afraid is one thing, and making all these strategic decisions and doing it is another. Why are they afraid? Because […] they see that there is not enough expertise within the companies themselves to transfer complex systems to open source. Simply introducing this culture into a corporation is a problem. There is a technological barrier due to the compatibility of different systems. Sometimes it’s very difficult to do only a part of systemic open source, and the rest has to be left on traditional software with problems of integration between systems in complex organizations and complex platforms. Ultimately, there is a security problem
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Open Source in Russia: To Be or Not to Be?
With the support of the Russian division of Accenture, we conducted a study that produced the following preliminary results. [...] The overwhelming number of companies in the world are deciding to switch to open source for individual components of their digital systems and products that they use. Whereas in 2018 it was only half of the companies, today about 80% of companies are taking these decisions in one way or another. The market is growing very quickly. My colleagues and I are almost certain that in the next 2–3 years the share of open source will exceed the share of proprietary code. […] The ratio will be somewhere between 44% and a little over 30% for the main products. We see how quickly the numbers are growing, which means this is an attractive market. More and more companies are turning to this topic
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
World EXPOs: International Cooperation as a Driver for Sustainable Global Development
An important point is the legacy of the Expo. A successful Expo is one that leaves behind the infrastructure and the new look of entire cities and the new image of entire countries. Milan was wonderful – warm and tasty, but almost nothing is left after the Expo, while Shanghai has completely changed after the Expo. In Russia, where we hope Expo will take place, we want it to be the new face of the new Moscow, the new image of Russia, which started to take shape after the World Cup in 2018. It may be a campus for entirely new activities – I do not know if it will be a university campus or something else, but heritage is an essential part of any Expo
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
World EXPOs: International Cooperation as a Driver for Sustainable Global Development
Over a fairly long period of time, EXPO offers a chance to sum up what has been done over five years, present it to the rest of the world, share best practices, watch and learn from others. By the way, 2030 is the time to sum up a whole decade. Now, almost all strategies and political programmes cover the period until 2030. Everything from environmental goals to educational ones and infrastructural projects covers is scheduled until 2030. This is why I believe EXPO will be the point for the whole world to sum up the decade
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
World EXPOs: International Cooperation as a Driver for Sustainable Global Development
I am confident that most of these events [major global exhibitions, – Ed.] will be held in a hybrid format, with the possibility of live communication at different venues and a simultaneous digital twin. It will mean that everyone does not have to come, but they will still be able to participate in any event in a hybrid digital format. Well, except the footballers on the field
21.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
We have some health technologies, some agricultural technologies that Russia produced in the past few years. Applying those technologies in the areas where we had no experience before together with Qatar would be most profitable and economically sustainable over the long period of time
21.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
As we pass through the same challenges, we have successful investment stories, both in Qatar and in Russia, based on diversification agenda. We have good technologies in certain areas like artificial intelligence, big data analysis. Skolkovo has its own innovation agenda, such as smart city technologies, especially in the context of preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Together we can offer those solutions, backed by financial resources that our countries have together
21.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
I would refine the idea of a venture fund. I think we should do it jointly with our leading companies, such as VTB, Sberbank
21.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
Financial companies are natural leaders in technological development. The path of fintech would be useful for both Russia and Qatar, but the market size is crucial. We need to have a bigger market for our joint investments
21.01.2020
Russia House in Davos 2020
Perspectives from Qatar and Russia: Investment Trends in Emerging Markets
Russia and Qatar, we share similar challenges. Soft advantages are much more difficult to build, from the ease of doing business to the safety of investment
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Innovative development of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in Russia: keys to success
You need to aim global markets from the start. Nevertheless, obvious problems – both insititutional and political ones – make it hard to enter international markets from Russia
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Innovative development of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in Russia: keys to success
We have an underdeveloped system for launching breakthrough medications or technologies. There is barely any difference between launching a regular pharmaceutical and an innovative one
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Innovative development of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in Russia: keys to success
A whole set of medications and medical equipment was developed at and introduced in the Russian market, some were supplied abroad. <…> Schwabe did a great job with neonatal equipment. <…> Botkin.AI is fairly well-known at the market and uses artificial intelligence technologies for better diagnostics of certain cancers. <…> Eidos is very successful, and it started with international markets. There are success stories, there is an obvious trend of using a cross-disciplinary approach and big data combined with biotechnologies and engineering
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Who Stands to Win in the Global Competition for Supremacy in Artificial Intelligence?
It is very important to choose an approach, what to regulate – the tool itself or a particular service. In the end, artificial intelligence is a toolkit, so that is what needs regulation or whatever is done with these tools. This is an ideological choice
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Urban Digital Transformation: Prospects for Implementing AI in Managing Municipal Processes and Procedures
In Skolkovo there are all three components associated with research. Profound research is underway at Skoltech. It will be the basis for the future technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence applied in a variety of areas, from healthcare to energy. There is a business component: quite a few start-ups and industrial partners that are interested in the development of this subject. The third component is the government
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Urban Digital Transformation: Prospects for Implementing AI in Managing Municipal Processes and Procedures
This [applying technology within Skolkovo] was the idea from the very beginning, when Skolkovo was conceived 10 years ago. We decided that all new interesting solutions would be tested in Skolkovo. This is what we do as part of the Skolkovo’s energy infrastructure development: smart grids, smart management of energy systems. The same goes for transport infrastructure: Yandex self-driving autonomous car cruises around Skolkovo already
23.01.2019
Russia House in Davos 2019
Urban Digital Transformation: Prospects for Implementing AI in Managing Municipal Processes and Procedures
We need to ensure that new technologies bring in profits. In that case, part of that money is transferred to the budget in the form of taxes and invested in new services and features. The government generally understands that
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Digitalization - an Engine for Growth and Inclusive Development
Russian Railways plans to develop new Russian platforms that will improve the quality of infrastructure management. This is a difficult question; it requires serious investment and we need to attract a large number of professionals. And Russian Railways will do this in the near future. A consortium based on the Skolkovo Triangle (Skolkovo Innovation Center, School of Management SKOLKOVO and the New Economic School) has been created which, along with industry partners, will coordinate this work
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Digitalization - an Engine for Growth and Inclusive Development
There are five pillars of our digital economy: regulatory control; infrastructure; network security, i.e., cybersecurity; education, namely, training professionals for the digital economy; and forming partnerships to create end-to-end technology platforms. These five pillars are not business as I understand it, but a function of the government working in partnership with business; the goal here is not to make money