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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Aleksandr Vaino

Aleksandr Vaino

Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI)
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18.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Growth Points: At the Start of the Science and Technology Decade
If we do not allow a young person to take part in designing their future, if they are not able to apply their scientific work to real life, to industry, then of course, we will not be able to attain sovereignty in terms of technology and human resources. This is the key result which we believe we should be focusing on, especially at this time
18.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Growth Points: At the Start of the Science and Technology Decade
When we talk about a young person, they have to move in a certain direction, and work in a particular area. And unless we create real opportunities for them in the places they live, then of course it will be impossible to get them to commit to their home regions. We will then see economic migration take place, first within the country, and then emigration. I would say that this is indeed one of the biggest problems that the young scientist faces today. There is also the myth that a young person wishing to become a scientist will earn just RUB 10,000 per month working in some back room somewhere. Now, this is not the reality, but nevertheless, when we talk about popularizing science, this is the perception we have to change
08.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Self-Employed: New Labour Market Opportunities
Sometimes the self-employed are used more as a mechanism to circumvent additional taxation. We also really need to work on this
08.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Self-Employed: New Labour Market Opportunities
There is an app called My Tax where you can register. Of course, a self-employed person aged 14–17, a minor, cannot register there because there is no parental consent. But, nevertheless, we have young people who pay taxes as self-employed basically in violation of the law. It’s important to note and understand that what we have supported is indeed that we now have self-employed minors. Of course, in terms of the amount of taxes, they will pay less than RUB 40 million this year, but, nevertheless, it’s something to work on [...] I think by the end of next year we will solve this problem, and our self-employed minors will be able to become legal
08.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Self-Employed: New Labour Market Opportunities
Among young people, the older generation is the most active in terms of the amount of taxes paid, i.e., 25–29 years old – 750,000, which is RUB 10 billion, and 30–35 [years old] – 1.14 million people, which is RUB 10 billion. So it’s clear that young people occupy a rather small layer in this. Of course, increasing this number is the agency’s main objective now
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