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 160 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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Alexander  Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin

General Director, Ozon
Quotes
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Super-Apps Versus Super-Services
Ultimately, all services are repeatable, and competition means that no matter whatever we do, others will do at least the same, so we must always move forward and develop. I believe this applies to any company
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Super-Apps Versus Super-Services
The important thing is that once a system becomes really large, how does it treat the participants in this system? Does it impose any conditions on them so that they have nowhere to go or not? Harnessing market power is the only thing that matters
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Super-Apps Versus Super-Services
As for super-services or super-apps, I don’t believe there is any ‘or’ at all. If a company is able to offer a good additional product to its customer, and the customers like it, then the company develops that in that way, adding new services. This happens with all organizations. There are numerous examples of this
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
House Rules or Regulation: What Does the Future Hold for Ecosystems?
There is a downside [to ecosystems]. It’s no secret that in China the regulators [...] are now restricting abuse by Alibaba. A crude example is when Alibaba says: ‘You have to sell [using the platform of] Alibaba. If you don’t give the best price on Alibaba, then say goodbye to our platform’. Obviously, this is not a good practice. Amazon is doing something similar. There was also recently a report about a trial in which Amazon was accused of abusing their market power. In fact, [this practice] applies to any major organization
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
House Rules or Regulation: What Does the Future Hold for Ecosystems?
I think it’s somewhat difficult to talk about ecosystems because the concept itself has not been defined. What exactly are ecosystems? Well, for myself I’ve defined it as a company that operates on several markets at the same time. On one market, it probably has a large share, while on others perhaps it has a large or small share. I wouldn’t classify Ozon as an ecosystem yet. We don’t view ourselves as an ecosystem. We offer a set of services, services for the organizations that produce or sell goods, and services that improve the quality and efficiency of these organizations. These services must be offered. By us or not by us – it doesn’t matter. And whatever doesn’t help our clients doesn’t need to be done. That’s the simple approach we have
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
House Rules or Regulation: What Does the Future Hold for Ecosystems?
There’s no doubt that ecosystems, as typically strong organizations, can create great products that benefit people. This applies to both consumers and manufacturers. This is a very good and important feature. These companies simply have the resources, technologies, and expertise needed to create new, useful things. This is a very good aspect of ecosystems
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
E-Commerce in the EAEU by 2025
In e-commerce, it [cross-border regulation, Ed.] really lags behind. It is important to note that when a marketplace, a platform enter another country, it might be seen as a threat: many sellers come and bring millions of products. It poses risks for local businesses. In reality, it is the opposite. <...> It is crucial to understand that when a platform enters another region, or another country, it opens huge opportunities for local businesses to sell to hundreds of millions of platform users. And in my opinion, the regulator’s task is to remove barriers as soon as possible
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
E-Commerce in the EAEU by 2025
Digital platforms can grow quite large, and the regulator should monitor compliance with competition rules. <...> It is crucial to maintain competition between platforms as it helps develop the economy
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Entrepreneurship and Employment in the Age of Giganomics
Voluntary insurance is not likely to work because self-employed people generally don’t have a very large income, and they are unlikely to choose to start saving now so that they can get this money back in decades. Eventually the state’s time will come
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Who Will Provide Asia–Russia–Europe Logistics for E-Commerce?
When in the future e-commerce accounts for 15–25% of all retail trade, the infrastructure will need to be able to handle enormous loads in terms of fulfilment and logistics. In order to create this infrastructure, a great deal of work and investment will be needed from several players