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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Anil Sooklal

Anil Sooklal

Sherpa of the Republic of South Africa in BRICS
Biography
Ambassador Anil Sooklal is the Ambassador at Large: Asia and BRICS at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He is also South Africa’s BRICS Sherpa, IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) Sherpa and Focal Point for IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation. He is the holder of two doctorates from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Ambassador Sooklal served as Deputy Director-General responsible for Asia and the Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, until 31 January 2022. He was also South Africa’s G20 Sherpa and FOCAC (Forum for China-Africa Cooperation).

He also served as South Africa’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, from 2006 to 2012 and also at our Missions in Geneva and New Delhi.

Before joining government in 1995, he followed an academic career, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of South Africa (UNISA). Ambassador Sooklal has published more than 20 articles in both local and international Journals.

Ambassador Sooklal is a recipient of several fellowships and awards, including:

Fellowship in Human Rights, United Nations Centre for Human Rights, Geneva (1993)

Internship in Human Rights, United Nations Centre for Human Rights, Geneva (Jul-Sep 1994)

Adjunct Professor of Fujian Agriculture and forestry University, China (Since 2016)

Honorary Professor of Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana (2016)

Senior Adjunct Fellow: Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) New Delhi (2018)

Member of Board: South-South Cooperation Council for Sustainable Development (Nov 2018)

Conferred the “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award” by the Government of India (Jan 2019)

Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Association of South Africa (Aug 2019)

Member of The Editorial Board: Journal of Indian Ocean Rim Studies