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.

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Vladimir Solodov

Vladimir Solodov

Governor of Kamchatka Territory
Quotes
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
No Longer the Far East: How Regional Management Centres Are Uniting Russia
Of course, the basic problem for regions like us in the Kamchatka Territory is the accessibility of basic infrastructure, especially the Internet. We talk about how people should have services of uniform quality irrespective of place of residence, but we cannot provide it until there is a stable Internet connection
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
No Longer the Far East: How Regional Management Centres Are Uniting Russia
I can say that a multiplicity of channels exists even today, given that the level of Internet involvement on the part of residents of the Far East and Kamchatka Territory is considerable. By and large, as a governor, I can communicate with every resident of Kamchatka
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Develop.FE: How Can the Far East Attract Investment?
Tourist projects are important for the residents of Kamchatka themselves, because they improve quality of life… But from another perspective, a city’s quality has an impact on tourist flows and how tourists feel when visiting the region. I will not hide that fact that the appearance of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, its urban environment, public spaces, and the urban atmosphere itself are not attractive to tourists… We must change this, starting with the city centre
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Budget Justice: Who Lives Well in Russia?
The Infrastructure Menu represents a chance for our regions to escape this endless cycle we talked about at the beginning, whereby almost all of the budget goes on priority expenditures. If we know that support exists for infrastructure in credit form, and we can access it, it will help address the lack of resources for development
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Budget Justice: Who Lives Well in Russia?
By necessity, our budget is for survival, rather than for development. <...> Our main objective is to support the population, and without the requisite level of funding for social expenditures, this will not be possible
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Competing for Investment: How to Win
Time does not stand still. We are faced with new challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to make all of us rethink ways of doing things. We learned to react more quickly to external challenges that arise; however, our neighbours – primarily those from the Asia-Pacific region – managed to react quicker still. That is why it is critical that we address the pressing issue of what kinds of challenges we face in terms of attracting investment. We need to ensure that the Far East remains competitive, and that the accelerated tempo that has been set is maintained at the next stage of development
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Competing for Investment: How to Win
The incentive regimes in the Far East have helped attract a great deal more investment to the region. However, it is no secret that they were based on initiatives put in place in the Asia-Pacific. Ultimately, we have largely been able to develop the best regime for attracting investment at this moment in time. Those are not my words, they are what investors have said – people who have demonstrated their belief and put money into the development of the Far East
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
Technology is advancing and more and more compact units are emerging. We are now in the process with our initiators of purchasing the simplest equipment that allows you to make pens from plastic bottle caps
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
People are willing to pay higher tariffs if we say that we will ensure eco-friendly and complete recycling in exchange. And until we get each citizen involved in this problem, we won’t find a sustainable solution
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
Our job is to achieve a sustainable result here through digital and the involvement of residents and business […] Because otherwise we run the risk that these waste management megaprojects in the Far East are unrealistic
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Far East as the Talent Pool for Public Service. Presentation of the Muravyov-Amursky 2030 Programme
It is important to train teams instead of individuals. We need to our people to acquire the qualities that will eventually build successful teams. These teams will need to make the Far East successful. First of all, it is the ability to change and the ability to change the environment. Secondly, it is strategic thinking and goal setting. The third one is the ability to make decisions and own the responsibility. This is a rare quality
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Far East as the Talent Pool for Public Service. Presentation of the Muravyov-Amursky 2030 Programme
I believe the biggest challenge this programme is facing is finding the people who want to be in public administration. It is the people motivated to change the world and achieve greater results. If they do not have this motivation, they are not the people we need. If they do not have this motivation, they will not succeed in today’s objectives
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Far East as the Talent Pool for Public Service. Presentation of the Muravyov-Amursky 2030 Programme
A versatile employment and training record is a valuable experience, much like being able to work and study in different places, in different cities. I joined the Far East development team after at one of the meetings I said that I had a dream of establishing the country’s best public administration school. I believe such a school can be created in the Far East
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
In terms of the season, the key objective is that we won’t be able to do anything until we extend the season from the 2–3 months that we have now to at least 10 months
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
People are the main thing in ensuring tourism. We need to rapidly train people and provide training in professions related to the hospitality industry based on the Far East and network programmes. We are actively working on this now because if we don’t do so, these plans will only remain on paper, of course
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Services for Businesses
A very effective tool, in my view, is individual certificates for increasing the digital awareness of employees; it has been implemented and continues as part of the ‘Human Resources for the Digital Economy’ project. I can see that these things were in great demand in 2020
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Private Investment in the Social Sphere: New Support Mechanisms
In general, we need to make the social services market more attractive for investment in general, and more accessible for private investment
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Private Investment in the Social Sphere: New Support Mechanisms
I would not oppose the implementation of national projects and PPPs in any way. For us in Yakutia, private investment is a mandatory and necessary tool for the implementation of the President's instructions
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Private Investment in the Social Sphere: New Support Mechanisms
Social development plans for economic growth points are the most important PPP mechanism in the Far East, which has no precedents in the country. It works in the following way: the investor spends money on the enterprise, while the state is developing the infrastructure for this enterprise, specifically for this growth point
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
A New Workforce for the New Economy: Achieving a Major Improvement in the Quality of Education
What secondary vocational training needs is of course network training programmes, <…> shaping an entrepreneurial mind <…> and English
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
A New Workforce for the New Economy: Achieving a Major Improvement in the Quality of Education
In Yakutia we definitely see a new evolving economy that is being created in traditional industries because requirements to professions change, and this is a completely new economy, where new competencies are needed
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Open Dialogue ‘Development Pathways for Young Entrepreneurship’
In Yakutia we see explosive growth of entrepreneurship in IT, primarily among young people. <...> Our task is to grow the second economy out of the creative economy, in addition to the one based on the extraction of diamonds, coal and oil. <...> Yakutia is the third largest regional cinema producer. 64 films were shot over the past 4 years, which brought 74 awards at the international and Russian film festivals. <...> We create systematic support [for the Yakut filming industry, – Ed.]; a foundation has been created earlier this year, which will distribute grant-based support to filmmakers and develop educational sphere on the basis of grants
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Partnerships Between the State and Society to Provide Social Guarantees
Yakutia will become the first region where the Social Impact Bond (SIB) project is actually implemented [social impact bond is a financial instrument that allows to attract private capital into the non-profit sector and ties the income to achievements in solving social problems, – Ed.]. <…> We have chosen a pilot district with 25 schools and 5,000 students. Over the course of the next three years together with our colleagues from the Higher School of Economics we are going to test all best practices and technologies and try to find the practices that were born here, in our soil, and let them grow. For this purpose, the Far East Development Fund is allocating funds for the period of three years, and in case there is social impact we, as a region, are willing to fully reimburse all expenses
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Training Specialists to Achieve Growth in the Region
If we talk about the support needed by the largest investment projects that are being or planned to be implemented in the Arctic, staffing is paramount <…> If our universities and secondary-level vocational training facilities deliver specialists of appropriate level, no investor would spend money on creating a corporate university. The mere fact that corporate universities are open here is partially a sign that our education system does not meet the demand of large investors
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Construction in the North: Longevity and Durability
In Yakutia we can see a growing interest in Arctic tourism. <…> The main problem here is closely connected to construction. <…> We are reaching stable rates of growth of tourist flow from the demand point of view, but we cannot satisfy it due to the lack of accommodation. This is the first issue. <…> The second issue is transport accessibility
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Construction in the North: Longevity and Durability
We often underestimate this factor [cost of construction in the Arctic — Ed.] <…> Diesel fuel costs 21% more, piles – 78% more, cements – 83% more, and concrete pipes and plates – 50% more. If we add costs and price rises due to northern increments to salaries, we receive 2–2.5 times higher cost of one square metre
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Construction in the North: Longevity and Durability
It is necessary to adjust to life and construction not under conditions of permafrost or no permafrost, but of a transition from permafrost to soft soil, traditional soil. It is a challenge for our construction industry and technologies
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Healthcare in the Arctic: Two Years’ Progress and New Objectives
Together with the Ministry of Healthcare, we have ensured that the coefficient was recalculated. For the first time in a number of years, we have at least some money available to invest in development
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Healthcare in the Arctic: Two Years’ Progress and New Objectives
Per capita financing is ill-suited to the nature of population dispersion
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Healthcare in the Arctic: Two Years’ Progress and New Objectives
Yakutia leads the way in air medical services. Each year, we spend RUB 1.2 billion on them. However, in 2018 that figure was even higher – almost RUB 1.4 billion, with RUB 450 million coming from the federal budget. <...> The previous period saw the acquisition of five Mi-8 air ambulance helicopters, but of course, we need to go further
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Small Business, Big Potential
In the true sense of the word, there is no [small] business in the Arctic, at least in [its part located in] Yakutia. There are several mining enterprises
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Training Employees to Implement National Projects
To meet the objectives set out in the national projects, we need to change how we work and restructure government. And this is one of the positive challenges the national projects offer, they make us – the government – change. If we continue to work linearly, we will never meet our objectives. As we discussed yesterday at the plenary session, allocating funds is not enough, spending the money is not enough. We need a result, and this drives the entire government system to change
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Developing the Market for Gas as a Motor Fuel: New Opportunities for Regions and Investors
The parent company of our regional leasing company is the Corporation for Development of Small and Medium Business. They have limitations on funding transport. As soon as we solve this problem, we will be able to massively subsidize this type of leasing
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Developing the Market for Gas as a Motor Fuel: New Opportunities for Regions and Investors
Fire safety issues – availability of appropriate vehicles in the garage, in particular – <…> have not been settled, which is a limitation
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
Education is a priority for us. Every school should offer business lessons. I am ready to introduce this in Yakutia as a regional standard starting next school year,
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
We need to make the Far East a perfect place for becoming a billionaire
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
The guys’ names are Alexei and Afanasy Ushnitsky. <...> Their 5th game was a success <...> MyTona company entered the App Store with this game. Now they have multi-billion-dollar turnover. <...> For the Yakutians they are an example of the fact that anyone can achieve the same success. Combined with the availability of the Internet, this has led to a real explosion of the IT sector in Yakutsk
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The Place for Traditional Players in the Digital Economy
We are faced with an impossible task: we need to ensure accelerated development, i.e. we need to develop ahead of the entire country, and to be on par with the most dynamically developing neighbouring states
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Infrastructure of the Future: How should Business and the Authorities Adapt to the New Environment?
The city in Russia with most electric vehicles <...> is Vladivostok, it now has 1,500 cars. <...> Let's go back to the figure that was mentioned <...> 300 gas stations for 1500 cars in central Russia. There is one charging station in Vladivostok