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 159 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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Andrei  Belousov

Andrei Belousov

First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Quotes
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
The first thing that needs to be done <...> is creating a friendly regulatory environment that favours intellectual activity, rights to intellectual activity and the results thereof
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
I believe that this is an irreplaceable part of our culture. All of the players have to understand, the state has to tell us where to go, we need these sort of projects to serve as beacons <...> That is, major projects, market projects, ones that are clearly major parts of the market, that, from our point of view, draw out breakthrough technologies
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
On the subject of takeovers, we have started working in this area. It consists of an entire set of elements, including the creation of a special product for ‘growing’ the startup to a stage where it would be ripe for acquisition by a large company
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
It is vital that we gain experience evaluating tech entrepreneurship markets, results, and evaluating added value <...> here, I count on the creation of funds of funds
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Venture Economy in Developing Countries
We have some venture experience. <...> There is a national technological initiative for a large ecosystem that incorporates a large portion of tech entrepreneurship
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
Borrowing is at almost 5 trillion; the support package was RUB 2 trillion, with the same amount for 2021. That’s how much we borrowed. This is about the question regarding metallurgists. I personally told Lisin: you raised a ruckus over a few billion roubles with your income growing the way it was. And we burned through RUB 4 trillion [by financing support measures during the pandemic], without taking anything from you, by incurring debt. Then everyone looked sheepish and felt ashamed. There were 30 people, mostly businessmen
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
We must give credit to the Central Bank. First, there is, of course, an exchange rate adjustment ... It [the Central Bank] abruptly softens monetary policy at this moment ... made it possible to increase loans. Banks began to increase loans related to debt restructuring, with support for enterprises, and actually took on part of the burden that fell on the budget at that moment. The budget deficit began to grow with terrible speed. They began to finance the economy through borrowing
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
We identified areas where tendencies [of the crisis] manifested themselves most rapidly – passenger transportation, those who work with the population. At that time there had yet to be a lockdown, but catering, fitness, trade in non-food products, mainly small business – we understand that they urgently need help. The crisis model differs from 2008–2009, we do not know how long it will last, and so we begin to protect large enterprises, a list of core enterprises
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
In the first months of the pandemic, it was important to exercise tight control over information and respond to fake news and manifestations of panic ... Secondly, we began to control trade very carefully. Hoarding is a sign of panic – people start to buy food, supplies are sharply reduced, suppliers do not have time to deliver ... This means working together with retail chains – we need supplies, excess supplies. For this they need money. We give them money, ‘Guys, just build up your reserves’
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
There were no masks in the country. Because before that, no one had needed masks. And production takes time – it requires equipment, personnel, materials. Mask production was gradually established. We were occupied with the manual distribution of these masks to those with the most contact with people – doctors, teachers, the police
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
It’s the beginning of 2020. Nothing has happened in the country yet. But we understand perfectly what’s coming. Most likely, it will come from Europe and not China. Because everything is more or less closed up there. At this stage, the risk assessment says that we need to buy time in order to deploy our capacity to combat this infection that no one understands
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
Trouble comes in threes. Look what happened at the same time. […] This is the oil price curve. The month of April. The height of our disaster. Oil drops to USD 18 a barrel. Our budget balances at USD 42 per barrel ... And then there is a sharp collapse and fall just at the height of the first wave of COVID
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
The last episode occurred for me after the Kathmandu airport had been closed. I was getting 200 climbers out of Nepal, you understand? It took me two weeks. Hands-on, two weeks – negotiations with the Nepalese, organizing flights for Aeroflot, which had never flown there before. Verifying people, bringing them from all over Nepal to the point from where they were to be picked up. There were more than 200 of them. Imagine the scale of the disaster. People are waiting around without any money
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
If there are too many cases to deal with, medical institutions begin to fail. The number of patients increases, the system collapses. […] What happened in Italy? Why Italy? It is a question of municipal medicine; they basically have all these hospitals scattered around the municipalities. Thankfully, we have preserved the model created in Soviet times by People’s Commissar Semashko [the first People’s Commissar of Public Health from 1918 to 1930]; it has changed significantly, though retaining centralization
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
The most important thing for us at that moment of lockdown was [at the height of the first wave of the pandemic]: to support SMEs and large enterprises at the centre of the storm. The second was to contain the situation of the unfolding crisis in the core industries and enterprises, so that non-payments did not become an issue
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Meeting With Andrey Belousov For Participants Of The International Youth Economic Forum 2021 The Impact Of The Pandemic On The National Economy And What To Expect In The Future
For me, the period is best remembered for the absolutely incredible communications that were built. Never before had there been interaction of this kind with business, either large or small. Never had there been interaction of this kind with the Central Bank. Literally every issue was resolved with a phone call
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Presenting the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
It is very gratifying that the results have shown several positive trends. First, there has been an increase in government support for SMEs. Second, a decrease in administrative pressure on business was noted for the first time, and measurements were made within the rating and outside the rating. A very important trend is that business has noted an improvement in the regulation of construction. This is the work of Marat Khusnullin, who organized the breakthrough, and more than three thousand regulatory norms have been cancelled over the past year
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Presenting the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
We understand that the results we are now discussing were measured in extreme conditions, and if the rating was previously characterized by regional achievements and possibilities for improving the business climate in one way or another, then we can clearly see how this year it shows the degree of positive interaction between the regions – between regional head and administration - and business, which, of course, found itself in a difficult situation objectively
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Services for Businesses
Digitalization is always about transparency and getting out of the shadows. As soon as a company enters the digital environment, it becomes transparent to everyone who is interested in it
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Services for Businesses
Small businesses ostensibly need to learn to work with these structures, whose capabilities are now being given to them, so to speak: [...] You just need to create some tools and resources for training
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Services for Businesses
The leaders in creating this environment are large structures that shape this environment independently of each other, but nevertheless they are the ones who form it overall. They are undoubtedly the largest digital companies such as Yandex, Mail.ru, Sberbank, and others. They are banks that create fintech, such as the Central Bank. [...] It’s Russian Post and Russian Railways, which are also shaping the digital environment. It’s Rosseti, which is now catching up with them [...] and, of course, it’s the tax service, which, due to our special historical features, is probably going two steps or one step ahead of the others
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
Within three months, we are to prepare a long-term jobs outlook for each region considering the objectives of the national projects, especially in terms of the infrastructure development
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
Today, a new model of relations between government and business has emerged. We have never considered its core factors as growth promoting. I am talking about openness, business equality, respect and simplicity of proceedings
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
The first barrier is nothing less than a catastrophe, especially against the backdrop of the existing successes. It is administrative pressure, pressure from law enforcement and regulatory agencies
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Partnership and knowledge-sharing: new sources to drive development
If a governor asks a head of a municipality, why they do not have something that a neighbour has? This is what encourages them not only to have what their neighbours have, but to make it better. <…> This mechanism is now working pretty well as part of national rating
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Partnership and knowledge-sharing: new sources to drive development
Why knowledge-sharing mechanisms fail? Why is it so hard to transfer these practices from one region to another? Introducing a best practice is always, indeed, a risk for those who introduce it, because they cannot tell how it is going to work out. Good practice works somehow, but best practice seems to be the best, however you should be careful not to ruin the good thing. There is a host of conditions that make good and best practices worst or simply impossible to use
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Partnership and knowledge-sharing: new sources to drive development
Talking face-to-face is absolutely necessary – it is experience exchange with those who are trying to employ those practices, and we need a regular platform for that purpose
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
The general conditions of life in the region are beginning to influence the business climate: the quality of medicine, sports, recreation, etc. These things are becoming more important, and we must think about how to measure them all
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
Success is in those places where business is involved in the evaluation of the work of institutions and procedures, knows that it is involved there, and knows that the results of its participation will affect the evaluation of the work of specific representatives of government bodies and officials.
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
There has been a dramatic upturn in the work of regional teams. Out of 85 federal regions, the business has only noted a decline in 7 of them. It follows that the design of the target models applied this year for the first time has been effective. The target model is a concentration of good practices that have already been implemented somewhere in the existing regulatory environment