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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Vladimir Komlev

Vladimir Komlev

Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, National Payment Card System
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16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Future of Banks: The Transformation of Business Opportunities
Over the eight years since its inception, the NPCS has created a large number of IT-platforms for the market: the opportunities to make business models more customary for the public, for people, with respect to the services on which these business products are based. I must note separately ‘MIR International’, a platform that not only enables Mir cards to be accepted abroad but also create a unified, seamless, retail payment system with the EAEU states. With a Mir card, you can today travel to Belarus and Belarussians can use their Belkart cards in Russia; the Armenian Arka system accepts the Mir card anywhere in Armenia. The same applies in Kyrgyzia and almost the same applies in Kazakhstan. We are working on that, too
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Future of Banks: The Transformation of Business Opportunities
For us, today, we see a very important direction – creation of a convenient services for interaction between the public and the state in their day-to-day payment functions. This and the targeted direct payments themselves, as we understand, the purpose is, of course, the digital rouble, smart contracts, but so far, today, a system of electronic certificates has been implemented by means of integration between banks and state structures of the Treasury, the Social Insurance Fund, the Ministry of Labour, the Bank of Russia and the NPCS. It is now being developed and will soon receive quite interesting serious development, allowing it also to help banks support a number of their current product lines and their collaboration on meeting the public’s demand for given services. This is our loyalty platform
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A New Form of International Cooperation: How will Payments be Made?
We are really struggling to find these payment channels that would be acceptable, that are understandable, and are independent of third countries. […] We are facing this problem now, it is not easy and it goes far beyond retail payments and payment systems. Indeed, I want to have some kind of channel with each country, to enable a simple conversion. Rubles to dirhams, rubles to liras, and so on. And this is where the problems really begin
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A New Form of International Cooperation: How will Payments be Made?
It would seem that the difficulties that have stood in the way of the foreign expansion of the Mir payment system are quite serious. Certainly, we have made serious steps and had some achievements in the last eight years. But today, we really want to look to the future, and we need to understand how and where our chances are. For us, this is probably the key issue in ensuring that Russians can continue to travel successfully and have no problems with paying abroad
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A New Form of International Cooperation: How will Payments be Made?
Sanctions on citizens who want to travel and spend their money abroad are helping the economies of other countries, which are now in demand instead. I think that, sooner or later, the sanctions will ease and the Russian people's ability to travel will be restored as countries begin to need more Russian tourists. Therefore, the ability to pay everywhere with a Mir card will be in demand. I think that this is our opportunity. We need to be a little more understanding and pragmatic about the idea of Mir in the whole world. I really believe in it and believe that today's crisis creates a window of opportunity for us
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Preparedness Strategies: Multiservices and Technologies in the Public and Private Sector
The question of [the need to] create services that are equidistant. When a platform is created that can be joined by any banks. We call such platforms super-bank ones
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Preparedness Strategies: Multiservices and Technologies in the Public and Private Sector
We believe that this [services] does not kill competition, but in some cases makes the work of people and the state – unification at the level of payments, allocation of budget funds – much more efficient; the rate of money turnover grows significantly. This leads to an increased competition
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Improving Access to Financial Services in the Far East
We believe that our task is to create platforms and services that would be convenient for people, so that a card could combine payment functions with a number of other services and opportunities that can be implemented
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Bringing Care Closer: New Possibilities for Rural Russia
People in remote rural areas do not have much money. It is equally important to raise the general level of financial accessibility and provide new financial instruments
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Bringing Care Closer: New Possibilities for Rural Russia
Any bank is a partner of the payment system aimed at commercial gain. How can a bank find a model to justify its presence in small towns from the economic standpoint? <...> Achieving this integration and tailoring business models to provide an efficient service to small and sometimes medium villages that is the key issue
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Bringing Care Closer: New Possibilities for Rural Russia
The less urban is the territory, the lower is the number of transactions per card a year
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Bringing Care Closer: New Possibilities for Rural Russia
The introduction of cashless payments in regions and remote areas, small towns and villages, is underway