A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Andrey Slepnev

Andrey Slepnev

Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Centre (until 31.01.2020)
Quotes
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
New Forms of Cooperation between Russia and Africa: Opportunities for Special Economic Zones Based on the Project to Establish a Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt
Undoubtedly, countries count upon not just simple trade operations, but upon cooperation, participation in added value, development of jobs and competences. It is also related to staff training, localization of technologies etc. <…> Only overall, close and deep cooperation is the form of interaction that can lead us to success
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
New Forms of Cooperation between Russia and Africa: Opportunities for Special Economic Zones Based on the Project to Establish a Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt
As the Russian Export Center group includes the Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance and Eximbank of Russia, we already have all products related to financing Russian companies’ projects abroad. It refers to both insurance of loans issued by banks and Eximbank of Russia’s own crediting. <…> The national project for international cooperation and export is being implemented in the Russian Federation that implies allocation of significant budget funds for projects implemented abroad
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
New Forms of Cooperation between Russia and Africa: Opportunities for Special Economic Zones Based on the Project to Establish a Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt
One of the main challenges that our companies are facing is lack of information, lack of experience, lack of confidence in order to enter new markets, including African and Middle Eastern markets
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
New Forms of Cooperation between Russia and Africa: Opportunities for Special Economic Zones Based on the Project to Establish a Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt
The interest expressed by Egypt is very understandable. It is great that they see Russia as a partner: indeed, we can bring certain technologies, certain capital and facilitate development
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Collaboration in Industry: Potential Areas of Growth
Today, we signed an extremely important agreement on the sidelines of this Forum to create a trade financing platform jointly with VEB.RF, Sberbank, our export center, and international companies. This allows for our trade turnover to include both the resources of Russian banks and the liquid resources that African countries sell to the world […]. So far, we have incorporated approximately ten African countries into this loop, but we understand that we can expand the mechanism as it develops. So, the goal that President Vladimir Putin spoke about this morning in his speech to double our trade turnover is absolutely real
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Financing as an Essential Instrument of Economic Growth in Africa
Many Russian companies are ready enter the region – they have things to offer. The problem of payments, payment discipline, and guarantees, of course, exits
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Financing as an Essential Instrument of Economic Growth in Africa
The African free trade Zone is the driver that will certainly determine the development of the region. We are confident that the creation and the launch of this zone will have a dramatic impact on the poverty reduction in Africa and on the growth of domestic consumption in the region, which means that across the entire consumption and industrialization, we will see new prospects and new opportunities. <...> As for our part, we see Russia's opportunities to participate in infrastructure projects in order to address the problem of weak connectivity of African countries and to ensure the necessary progress here
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Russia and Africa: Uncovering the Potential for Cooperation
If we talk about expanding cooperation potential – which is enormous indeed – then I would like to say the Free Trade Agreement is an incredible push towards fulfilling this potential
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
Our dispersion is very high. Small enterprises have difficulty managing their brand, maintaining regularity, and ensuring quality control. If consolidation <…> is ensured, it creates more opportunities
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Transformation of International Trade: E-commerce and Beyond
The leaders in online sales and the digital transformation of trade are the developing markets. This is such a huge trend. We can see where the future is being made in this respect
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
A Recipe for Global Competitiveness for Russian Industry
It is very important that enterprises are actively involved in those programmes, despite the bureaucratic restrictions and obstacles: labour productivity, small and medium-sized businesses, supporting exports. That indeed speeds up their development significantly, and increases competitiveness
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Creative Economy: Strategies for Promoting High-Tech Exports
A law was passed in April. Amendments have already been introduced to the tax code, and everything related to IT, engineering, and all such services is now VAT exempt
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
“Made in” – Addressing Reputational Risk in Global Food Markets
With regard to Asian markets, they view packaging completely differently. They have different tastes. A different formula is required, as well as a completely different approach to promotion. Of course, it would be beneficial for us to primarily focus on learning about this, and put forward a brand that will work well
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
“Made in” – Addressing Reputational Risk in Global Food Markets
Our problem is not that we have a brand which is not very good and needs to be improved. Our problem is that our products are not widely known abroad
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Export Accelerator: Learning to Trade Globally
We discovered that in the minds of entrepreneurs there are lots of barriers: the barrier of their own region, the barrier of Russia exclusively, or the closest allies in the Eurasian Union. Those companies that are the first to break those barriers become successful, despite everything that has been said before; they step up and move on to the global markets
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Export Accelerator: Learning to Trade Globally
We have established export support centres in the regions. The volume of support for the regions is increased sixfold for the current year, with 3.5 billion roubles earmarked
03.10.2018
Russian Energy Week 2018
Identifying a Strategy to Succeed on the Global Petrochemical Market
We are now working actively with the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry, the Government to develop support measures that need to be implemented. In the near future we expect the final decisions to be made on the tax regulation, the regime of processing LPG, ethane and other items. Without that, projects may not be implemented in time
03.10.2018
Russian Energy Week 2018
Identifying a Strategy to Succeed on the Global Petrochemical Market
Oil and gas chemistry is one of the most powerful drivers and has the greatest potential for growth. We estimate the increase in external supplies of at least USD 10 billion a year. Of course, it is necessary to consider the growing demand in the domestic market
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Agricultural Logistics in the Russian Far East: A Driver of Agroindustrial Growth
We have roughly RUB 30 billion in additional funds earmarked under the national project for the modernization of checkpoints, and the schedule currently includes 24 priority checkpoints […] We are already implementing a major trade finance programme, […] and have launched a good programme for pre-export financing
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Agricultural Logistics in the Russian Far East: A Driver of Agroindustrial Growth
The government is allocating unprecedented funds – more than RUB 9 billion for Rosselkhoznadzor over six years, and another RUB 6 billion for epizootic well-being
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Agricultural Logistics in the Russian Far East: A Driver of Agroindustrial Growth
At present, exports from the regions of the Far East to the market of Japan, China, and Korea are [worth] roughly USD 3 billion and do not consist of raw commodities or energy. Meanwhile, imports by the agro-industrial complex of these countries amount to more than USD 200 billion
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
We support those who are competitive, who actively move beyond. We do not subsidize or support those, who work in the virtually protected domestic market
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
There are certain problems related to the cross-border regime for services trade, when it comes to administrative procedures and taxes
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
We cannot say that our companies <...> fully realize they are global players. In that department, we are quite critically behind the trends
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
We believe our main mission is to turn around the mentality of Russian companies and help them realize they are global players. <...> Modern technologies allow us to involve not only the largest national champions, but medium and small enterprises as well
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
New Investment Policy Mechanisms: Engines of Growth
We need a real PPP here <…> Other counties did this, and we have no other way but to go hand in hand with business, develop export accelerations
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
New Investment Policy Mechanisms: Engines of Growth
Enterprises do not see themselves as global players. Those who do are surprised to discover exponential growth of revenue, increasing productivity and competitiveness, etc. We simply do not have specialists of international trade. <…> Here I am talking about numerous medium-sized companies that make up our ultimate potential
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
New Investment Policy Mechanisms: Engines of Growth
Cooperation and access to international markets – this is what we need