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 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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Nikolay Nikiforov

Nikolay Nikiforov

Till 07.05.2018 - Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Quotes
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“According to the World Economic Forum, Russia has the second lowest prices for mobile communication and mobile Internet in the world; Hong Kong is in the lead here. We are in the tenth place in the world for the lowest fixed line Internet prices. These achievements are possible due to the fact that we have a very, very high degree of competition in the telecommunications sector. Companies play the key role in competition. The Internet in Russia is not just there, it is very accessible, and that, among other things, is how we explain its very high level of penetration and use. This is a very important aspect from the standpoint of developing infrastructure of the digital economy,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“Why do we support blockchain? Because it is an important comprehensive technology for building the digital economy. Why do we build the digital economy? Because we want Russia's economy to grow faster, we want us to create more added value, and we want life in our country to be better, we want to improve the quality of life for our citizens. To do that, we need to be cost-effective, and it can’t be done without the digital economy, and blockchain is one of the comprehensive technologies of the digital economy. That is why we will work with it. Fortunately, we enjoy certain success in terms of human capital: the people who develop all this,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“Cryptocurrency is an incorrect term. We think it is necessary to adhere to technological terminology. From the technological point of view, we are talking about so-called digital tokens. The regulation problem is that we must determine the rules on how those digital tokens can be bought or sold for traditional currency. <…> Those conditions must be defined so that no one infringes the law, so that the buyer’s and the seller’s rights are guaranteed in a certain way. I am confident that in the Russian Federation this legislative framework, this regulatory basis will soon be in place,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“Russia is not trying to replace or ban foreign software. We try to promote some balance, some equilibrium. Today, the global ecosystem of information technology is in a state of imbalance. All key decisions, all key programmes come from the single country on the globe. That is not a problem for Russia, that is a problem for the whole world. We are against such monopolies, we want equilibrium. One market niche should not be controlled by one country or one company. We need fair competition, opportunities for our new companies, we need to give them a certain position in the global market. We continue to support this approach,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“The role of the Government is to support key technologies if the Government strives to be independent even in the digital sphere. Then we need to use technology, to use big data, artificial intelligence, robotization, blockchain and many other technologies. We will be focusing on development of that knowledge, that experience in the Russian companies,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“Plans for the digital economy were put together by industrial companies. All those plans are no longer being written by clerks from the Government; the programme was put together by industry specialists, IT specialists from huge companies. Those are the companies that are interested in digital transformation. The government is ready to help, support, provide the legislative basis, <…> grant subsidies for R&D, plus infrastructure. Everything else is done by the industry,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“In the Russian Federation, we have achieved certain breakthroughs [in digitalization], including political ones. According to the goals set by the President of the Russian Federation, the Government must take up certain plans. Those plans have been approved,”
23.01.2018
Russia House in Davos 2018
Russia and the Global Digital Agenda
“In Russia, there is a large number of development companies that create search engines, Internet software, online games and much more,”