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 179 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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Aleksandr Vaino

Aleksandr Vaino

Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI)
Quotes
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Facing East: How Can Young People Find Their Feet on the Labour Market?
It is essential to explain to young people what their options are. They have a vague understanding, but we do not currently have a career guidance centre in Russia. <...> Young people mainly come with a request along the lines of, ‘Help me, I have no idea what I want to do’. And this wavering uncertainty turns them into educational tourists
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Facing East: How Can Young People Find Their Feet on the Labour Market?
The fundamental knowledge system can and should be scaled down – there needs to be more variation in education. <...> We should aim as much as possible for a dual system, whereby a person is at university one day, and at work the next, with a person assigned to them. This option provides the closest approximation of real life
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Facing East: How Can Young People Find Their Feet on the Labour Market?
Career guidance needs to begin at nursery school, because a youngster must understand what the labour market is, particularly here in the Far East, where there is a much greater chance of earning a high salary than in Moscow
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Identifying Opportunities for Young People in the Far East
There should be a single navigator, a one-stop shop a young person could turn to – be they a school student, a college student, or an alumnus. They need to be able to knock on the door and say: ‘I want to know what I could do here’. <…> There are ample opportunities for young people, but how do we get them across? <…> In this regard, our job is to make young people convey those opportunities to other young people. <…> They know better how to get information across. <…> We need to give younger generations an opportunity to talk to their peers, otherwise the gap is too big. In this case, this opportunity navigator can turn into 50 one-stop shops. Most importantly, we need to use modern ways and modern social platforms
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Identifying Opportunities for Young People in the Far East
The biggest problem is to break the stereotype that one needs to escape. This is why the Agency [Agency of Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects, – Ed.] strives to stop domestic migration among other things. There is a huge number of people leaving their home regions. We see that after graduating from high school up to 30% of young people in Russian regions move to settle in the central part of the country
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Mass Youth Involvement in Entrepreneurship: Current Realities and Future Potential
You’ve got the first window, then the second, then the third, then the fourth – this is the issue we are seeing. Young people today have a wealth of options, and everything is very straightforward right up to the moment when a choice has to be made. There is no one-stop shop – no universal point of entry
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Youth Entrepreneurship: Empty Hype, or the Future of the Russian Economy?
We could bring together everyone involved in youth entrepreneurship, sit down at the same table, and draw up a roadmap on how we are developing youth entrepreneurship. [It’s crucial] to unite so that everyone knows what is being doing in the Russian Federation and who is doing it, and then build on this. Because now, unfortunately, we aren’t seeing this systematic approach
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Youth Entrepreneurship: Empty Hype, or the Future of the Russian Economy?
We [the Agency for Strategic Initiatives] work with 2–3% of Russian young people and are able to reach them. The rest are out of our reach. And, from our point of view, the biggest task in this regard is to raise awareness. When we talk about ourselves, especially in the regions, the first thing we are asked is: what are ASI young people. Then they ask why your platform is needed at all. We explain it in simple terms. They say: good, but it still won't work