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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.

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Alexander Kozlov

Alexander Kozlov

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
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06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Mining
The end goal we are endeavouring to reach is a one-stop subsoil licencing service. We have studied the entire chain of how mining companies obtain licences. Getting all the approvals regarding adjoining natural features – that includes forests, water, and specially protected natural areas – takes 573 days on average. That’s almost two years. People are running around for two years getting approval for various documents. <...> We have studied the chain, and settled on a maximum of 100 days in which this can be done. <...> We have expanded the land size limit per applicant from three to five. <...> This will subsequently lead to 30% annual growth in investment in geological prospecting
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Mining
In order to make projects more attractive to investors, we would suggest exploring the possibility of <...> reducing the rate of mineral extraction tax for projects in their initial stages – for around the first 10 years. <...> We believe that tax incentives will help shore up companies operating at mature fields. After all, these deposits are things which support whole cities. <...> With regard to supporting mining companies in the new economic environment, we are discussing extending several anti-crisis measures for the coming year. We have also endeavoured as much as possible to lift the burden in terms of paperwork
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Mining
[It’s vital – ed.] to reduce time frames as much as possible. That applies to energy-related materials, and also to their use. We want to reduce the time it takes to receive a licence – to develop a quarry – to 30 days from submitting an application. For example, we plan to reduce the time taken to get approval from government bodies from 125 to 10 days. This is a genuine revolution
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Mining
The most important thing is to accelerate the development of deposits. We need to work more quickly on establishing a competitive national base, establishing a strategic national commodity base, opening new deposits, and starting new, major geological prospecting projects. <...> Our aim is to make the way the industry is managed more effective, and to reduce the time taken from prospecting to production. <...> A universal digital platform for obtaining geological information has been launched in the country. The licensing procedure for mineral resources has also gone digital, which is very important. That does not only cover bidding, but also obtaining a licence according to the declarative principle. <...> Essentially, we have gone digital. There is no longer any need to visit the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources in person with kilo upon kilo of documents. Now you can just register on a special website and make contact through your personal account. It took us just a year to do. The amendments were made to legislation, <...> and we have received almost 2,000 applications in this form. <...> In addition, mining companies have sent almost 5,000 messages online
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Mining
We have sufficient reserves in our country, but we need to have a clear understanding of what commodities the economy needs – and in what quantities – over the medium and long term. <...> For the first time in 26 years, we have updated the list of strategic commodities. This will help us set geological prospecting objectives. <...> The new list is made up of 61 commodities. Fifty-five of them are produced in Russia, and particularly in the Far East, where 27 commodities are produced
05.09.2022
2022
The Status of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme Implementation from 2010 to 2022
We have increased the area of national parks and nature reserves in order to allow this predator to live freely and safely in them. We are speaking about almost five million hectares. There are 338 state inspectors who work across these areas to protect these big cats
05.09.2022
2022
The Status of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme Implementation from 2010 to 2022
A rich cedar deciduous forest is key to the wellbeing of tigers. Primorye Territory is home to the largest number of these predators, and the area of protected forest there has been expanded to cover 135,000 hectares. Clearcutting in these places is prohibited. There are also more forest patrols throughout the tiger’s habitat. As a result, the illegal wood trade has been decimated. And by the end of the year, we will also introduce control over the pine nut trade
05.09.2022
2022
The Status of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme Implementation from 2010 to 2022
Criminal liability was introduced in 2018, including for trading in derivatives. This has greatly reduced poaching incidents. Whereas a decade ago, poachers were responsible for the deaths of more than 50 tigers per year, today this figure is no more than 20. What’s more, the SMART programme has been implemented by seven countries, including Russia, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia, and Cambodia. This is a monitoring system containing information on patrols conducted on specially protected natural areas and any incidents of illegal activity
05.09.2022
2022
The Status of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme Implementation from 2010 to 2022
We are proud of what we’ve achieved. Not only have we been able to halt the decline in the tiger population, but increase it by 360 over the course of 12 years. This is a major and significant result. And the fact that the predator’s habitat has also expanded in size is very important. Whereas in the past the tiger could only be found in Primorye Territory and Khabarovsk Territory, now it has also made its home in the Jewish Autonomous Region and Amur Region. The tiger’s habitat has expanded to cover almost 186 square kilometres. And our country is not the only one to have seen an increase in the number of tigers
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Resources in the Far East: From Exploration to Integrated Development
We want to create an interdepartmental data showcase that would be based on state resources. We want to make this information available using the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; it needs to include data on forest zones, bodies of water, and nature reserves where subsurface use is not allowed or limited
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Resources in the Far East: From Exploration to Integrated Development
Lowering the barriers is quite a real goal in our industry, but this stage is going on slower than in other industries right now. For instance, the declarative principle of subsurface use licensing has been in place for 7 years. During this time, deposits were discovered and their production began in a number of tracts. We need to reduce the time it takes to review a declaration, to steer away from rejections based on technicalities
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Resources in the Far East: From Exploration to Integrated Development
We believe that the scope of exploration should grow at all times. It is the first stage, the most complicated one, it carries huge risks, and that is why it is always undertaken by the government. Thanks to Mikhail Mishustin’s decision, financing for geological exploration will be significantly increased, especially for early stages of the survey. We aim to open over 150 promising areas for licensing of solid mineral resources and over 50 for hydrocarbons
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
A Land of Incredible Adventures: New Opportunities for Tourists and Investors in the Far East
We have prepared a bill that will introduce the concept of environmental tourism. <...> We started working on it so that Vladimir Putin could approve it in January 2022. <...> Cutting forest, capital construction, and biosphere proving grounds will be prohibited in all nature reserves. The Far East has 109 of them. <...> As for the cooperation between business and government, we would like to provide for <...> a clear and transparent auction procedure with investors. <...> As for the bill, we will have to adopt about 10 regulatory acts that will cover the matters that are not covered by the law. <...> Our task is to create a mechanism free of any misinterpretation
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
A Land of Incredible Adventures: New Opportunities for Tourists and Investors in the Far East
Our country does not have the concept of ‘environmental tourism’. It just does not exist. In 2019, Vladimir Putin instructed authorities to introduce this concept and everything related to it. It means we need to have applicable regulation. As of today, we are not regulated, which results in conflict. This conflict has no winners or losers, because our territories are not developing. Sometimes they suffer because things are interpreted differently
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
2nd Northern Forum Governors’ Meeting
Russia has approximately 2.4 million people residing in the Arctic, and just like everyone they have their constitutional rights, and their standard of living should be no worse than the average one for Russia. It’s a certain challenge, because capabilities of certain municipalities are behind those indicators
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Russia’s Support for Private Investment in the Arctic: A New Approach
A very important issue is that we have a lot of blind spots, from the passage of ships to the availability of ships and icebreakers, so that there are enough of them
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Russia’s Support for Private Investment in the Arctic: A New Approach
The Northern Sea Route is the key to the development of the Arctic economy: both for projects that are being implemented and those that are being considered for future implementation and require support
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
National Projects in the Russian Arctic: Implementation Mechanisms
We must create new jobs, provide optional incentives which are way more in demand in the Arctic
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
National Projects in the Russian Arctic: Implementation Mechanisms
We should figure out the indicators and events that are addressed in national projects, to see if they are up to the life we want. If not, they must urgently be increased. <…> To add a gym to a school if there is none
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
National Projects in the Russian Arctic: Implementation Mechanisms
Life expectancy in all regions, except Yamal, is lower than the average in the country. It’s 66.1 years in Chukotka, while the (President’s — ed.) decree dictates that we reach up to 78 years. High mortality among the able-bodied population is significantly higher than the average in Russia: in Chukotka – 1.7 times higher, Republic of Karelia – 1.3 times, the Republic of Komi and Archangelsk Region – 1.2 times. High percentage of dilapidated housing: in Yakutia it’s 7 times higher than average in the country, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region – 5 times, in Archangelsk – 3–4 times. <…> Social development indicators in the Arctic Region must be no lower than the average in Russia
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
The Northern Sea Route – The Key to the Development of the Russian Arctic
We will synchronize the development of port infrastructure and the implementation of infrastructure projects
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
The Northern Sea Route – The Key to the Development of the Russian Arctic
By 1 July, the State Duma is to receive a draft law on special measures of state support for projects implemented in the Arctic. <...> We will extend our development institutions’ effects to the Arctic areas
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Business Breakfast. An Investment Breakthrough for the Regions of the Far Eastern Federal District: What Next?
We pay great attention to large business, and we understand that if large businesses show up in the Far East, many small enterprises are going to be created around them
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
Communication by the oversight and law enforcement agencies with the business community would eliminate many problems
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
Our job is to not only supervise the implementation of existing legislation, but also initiatives to reform it
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
Today, policy-making requires adjustments and sometimes revisions
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
One very important issue is creating a reference point for the leaders of subordinate institutions and corporations that aim to develop business in the Far East. This means moving away from personal interaction and creating electronic platforms
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Awards Ceremony for the Winners of the 15th My Country – My Russia National Contest
We will help with the projects and support them locally. Thanks to you, housing and utilities are changing, and your cities are changing