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 155 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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Andrei Sharonov

Andrei Sharonov

President, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Quotes
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Interaction Between Government, Business and Public: What the Pandemic Has Changed
People, leaders, owners must find courage and a balance that will allow them to neither keep silent nor lie <…> but communicate with their people in a right way. I saw the surveys: during self-isolation ongoing dialogue was among the most important things for people. They were not feeling safe anymore,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Interaction Between Government, Business and Public: What the Pandemic Has Changed
To a large extent, people were united, and it was also about relationships within teams, and also from the point of view of the behavior of owners, when owners of large companies <...> took responsibility not only for their employees and for their families, but for the population, for towns, monotowns, big cities, and they spent a lot of money <...> and in this sense, the owners demonstrated a highly ethical approach,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Interaction Between Government, Business and Public: What the Pandemic Has Changed
The pandemic has revealed a significant demand for trust and for information as a way to justify this trust. People have suffered from uncertainty, they have been waiting for some simple and clear answers that nobody has had, and it was a real challenge for CEOs and company owners,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Lessons Learned during the Pandemic – Stories of Business Successes and Failures
In psychology I think they call these ‘translation problems’. When they have a problem, and they don’t like anything, then they look for someone with whom to associate the problem. And they associate it, in this case, with the employer. [...] At the Skolkovo school, we had to deal with the fact that some of our students protested against online learning, although there were no offline alternatives at all. [...] The problem was with shifting focus
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Investment Attractiveness and Export Potential of Strategically Important Industries
We often see that the main problem with exports is the mindset of business owners. Basically, they do not let themselves consider selling their products as it is or slightly improved. It is not even a matter of quality of products and services. It is not a matter of financial support. It is a matter of people not seeing… that other markets exist, too
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Investment Attractiveness and Export Potential of Strategically Important Industries
Back in 1990, I met an American businessman. He asked me: “What is the difference between a plant and a company?” I could not give him an answer. He said: “The main thing is, a plant produces, and a company sells”. Many people here still live with the plant mindset
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
Ethics is the basic concept of ESG. We can talk about that. Indeed, I read a lot about ethics, <...> and naturally I am interested in certain aspects of Russian culture, including ethics. Researchers note that Russian culture has various attitudes. Falsehood is one of the examples. <...> As they say, the practice of double standards is applied to both the wide circle or official relations and close circle or relations with the near and dear ones. It was assumed that one would lie within the wide circle. When one lied to authorities, it was never frowned upon or considered shameful. It has always been a way of surviving under the given circumstances.  <...> At the same time, lying to your close kin has always been viewed as misconduct in Russian culture. It refers both to one’s family and business partners.

It led to the following concept of a successful business in Russia or with Russian partners: you need to go from official to personal. You need to be associated with close circle and partners instead of wide circle, authorities, coercion, and administrative relations. Then people will treat you most sincerely.

Now research says there is a cultural convergence on one hand and a huge gap within one culture on the other. For example, if you compare the traditional Russian culture to the culture of managers (i.e. the same social strata across different countries), Russian managers will be more like European ones than other Russians from other social strata
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
A New Workforce for the New Economy: Achieving a Major Improvement in the Quality of Education
People with good education, with high-quality education are frequently unable to apply their competencies and leave
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
Many regions have improved their performance in absolute numbers but lagged in relative numbers, which suggests that competition is on the rise
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Human Capital for a New Eurasia
We analysed and tried to compare CVs of international managers. There is a difference <…> Our managers, first of all, demonstrate hard skills, whereas their foreign colleagues show soft skills first
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Human Capital for a New Eurasia
The quality of the human capital, that is the capability to create a team, find people that possess necessary competences and skills: these are the challenges that our students are facing
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
Today’s results demonstrate a minimal difference within the group of leaders, it became noticeably denser; we again have heroes who made a leap, which is perhaps more important in terms of dynamics, and we have a lot of new members, governors and acting governors compared with the previous year
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Who Will Provide Asia–Russia–Europe Logistics for E-Commerce?
In 2018, the total e-commerce market exceeded USD 2.8 trillion in value. This is equivalent to the GDP of around 100 countries, admittedly the poorest ones, but still, it is an impressive figure. According to this year’s forecasts, 1.9 billion people will make at least one purchase on the more than 24 million online stores in existence. These customers will generate a flow of 28 billion packages. The question of logistics and fast delivery is becoming critical
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Role of Investment in Social Sector Development
It is not about the state sharing its money with the private sector. The point is that the state should give the private sector the same terms on which these services are provided by state-financed institutions
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Role of Investment in Social Sector Development
The scope of business presence in social services in Russia is substantially less than in foreign countries. The leaders here on the European continent are the United Kingdom and France, where approximately 45 to 60% of social services are provided by private companies <…>. In Russia, this share is about 5–7%
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Social mobility as a tool for economic growth and global competitiveness
We should not forget that good school, good higher education, and good employment make a good social elevator on their own
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Export Accelerator: Learning to Trade Globally
The share of small businesses in the total exports is 2% in Russia, 68% in China and 60% in Turkey <...> Such is the scale of the problem that we have to deal with
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Economics of Urban Comfort
We have to overcome thinking in categories of ‘us vs. them’. Here ‘we’ are, a power that sits in a comfortable house with a smooth driveway, and all ‘they’, who criticise us, dislike us and are suspicious of everything. We should sit together, and realise that we are allies, not opponents. I believe that this is the essential part
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Business Breakfast. An Investment Breakthrough for the Regions of the Far Eastern Federal District: What Next?
We do not fully understand the algorithm of increasing the awareness of small and medium-sized businesses of more than 900 measures that are in place
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
The Governor [of Sakhalin Region] made the following decision: he asked the ASI to send him a business mission. A big business mission arrived and worked on the island with regional authorities, municipalities, and businessmen for several days. People understood what they wanted, what gave them additional opportunities, and this was probably a factor in improving the situation.
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Betting on E-Commerce: The Winner Takes It All
There is a noticeable consistent growth of number of deliveries and shipments from online shops that Russian Post manages: from 33% in 2013 to 67%
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Betting on E-Commerce: The Winner Takes It All
Features of the e-commerce market in Russia are: high concentration — 5% of online stores make about 90% of turnover; significant share of foreign sellers — they account for 37%, which makes 420 billion roubles. There are three countries — suppliers of products that come to us through e-commerce, that dominate. They are: China (52%), the EU (23%), the United States (12%). Moscow and St. Petersburg account for more than 50% of e-commerce. Meanwhile payments by bank cards are quite rare — about 1/3, while in developed countries it is more than 90%
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Betting on E-Commerce: The Winner Takes It All
Last year the turnover of traditional trade in Russia amounted to about 30 trillion roubles. It grew a little more than 1% compared to the previous year. The volume of the e-commerce market amounted to 1.1 trillion roubles, but at the same time it grew 22% since last year, and in 8 years it grew 5 times larger. This segment has been growing at double-digit rates, including the time during the peak of the crisis. Now the share of e-commerce in the total trade turnover in Russia is slightly more than 3%. The task, as stated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is to increase it to 20% by 2025. Today in the OECD countries this figure ranges from 10 to 20%
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Finland
The demand should drive the offer in regards to specialists that are capable of growing. This interest should be expressed by companies and government authorities that we also work with