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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Elina Isagulova

Elina Isagulova

Vice President for B2B Commerce and Operations Management, VK
Quotes
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Changing Face of Small Business: New Challenges and Objectives
In recent years, we have been actively involved in processes and provided support, because we felt such urge from the business. Within the group [Mail.ru, Ed.], we, our colleagues, our competitors, all IT people have a lot of tools that help go through the digitalization and store and process data. We can do that, we have skills, knowledge, expertise, and experience. <...> In recent years, the SME sector has been strongly encouraged to go through the digitalization process. <...> During the challenging year of pandemic, the number of entrepreneurs [according to VK Business platform, Ed.] grew by 33%, the investment increased by 40% compared to 2019. What does it mean? <...> There was a period when it was necessary to regroup and start acting in a different way. On the other hand, the entire sector was called to action and went online, where it was possible to find some kind of salvation by following the consumers