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Roscongress Foundation Presents ‘Window of Opportunity’ Project

12 December 2019
Фонд Росконгресс представил проект «Окно возможностей»

The conference ‘100 Steps to a Sound Investment Climate’ was held in Moscow. The conference was attended by representatives of government agencies, the business community as well as public organization leaders. The event was organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and Russian News Agency TASS.

The annual conference consisted of several discussion platforms that focused on some of the most pressing economic issues. One such platform was the session ‘Russian Hi-Tech Products, Best Practices, and Solutions’. During the session, Roscongress Foundation IT Directorate Head Igor Ognev presented the ‘Window of Opportunity’, a project that provides event participants with a unified personal account that serves as an effective tool to build communications between representatives of domestic and foreign business.

«Starting from 2020, we will offer participants in all the Foundation’s events a unified digital space based on the Unified personal web office that will provide a wide range of opportunities such as registration for events, a system for scheduling meetings both at events and outside of them, chats with project participants, access to analytical materials, standard services for events as well as services that are still being designed, for example, the trade house of the Roscongress Foundation», Ognev said.

On 4 December, participants in the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi were granted access to the Unified personal web office. The next step is to provide access to participants in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as well as guests of the Russian House in Davos, which will open in January 2020 during the World Economic Forum.

The session was moderated by Anton Moskalenkov, Director of the International Relations Office at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

«The Agency for Strategic Initiatives, along with the Russian Export Center, the VEB.RF Group, and the WorldSkills Russia Union, plans to create a service to promote the best Russian practices and technologies abroad. To a lesser extent, this concerns the export of goods. We are focusing on solutions, technologies, and developments», Moskalenkov said.

Global Venture Alliance CEO and Partner Zamir Shukhov spoke about the prospects for Russian startups abroad. Russian Export Center Managing Director Anna Belyaeva underscored the need for strategies to build relations with foreign partners in her speech. Union of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) General Director Robert Urazov focused on professional competitions as an effective tool for training and the assimilation of foreign experience in his presentation.

Keynote speakers at the conference’s plenary session included Russian Presidential Aide Andrey Belousov, President of the OPORA Russia All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business Alexander Kalinin, Business Russia Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the R-Pharm Group Alexey Repik, and Chairman of the VEB.RF State Development Corporation Igor Shuvalov.

«In order to create a sound investment climate, we need to find a solution to several key issues. First, supervisory and law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and banks must learn how to work with risks. We also spoke today about the decriminalization of business protection. We need a clear system of control by law enforcement agencies for this. The agenda included the implementation of a law on the protection and promotion of investments in which priority should be given to investment mechanisms. Economic development is impossible without a balance in the policies of the federal centre, the regions, and municipalities. One of the most effective growth tools is am accelerator for small and medium-sized businesses. It is also essential to introduce digital systems to regulate the economic situation. Overcoming personnel mismatches and training highly qualified specialists, new forms of responsibility and the social role of entrepreneurship, rethinking competition in the context of modern digital business, and companies entering [markets]. We will face such goals and objectives that focus on the new economy at the global level in the coming years», Belousov said.

«Today’s conference is not a platform for taking stock. On the contrary, it is a platform for setting goals for the next year and near future», Agency for Strategic Initiatives General Director Svetlana Chupsheva said. «I would like to highlight two points in particular. Continuing work that aims to improve the Doing Business rating indicators, the availability of procurements, and staff training are our potential growth points and competitive advantages that can ensure our country joins the top ten. Another important point is updating the rules and tools for doing business and doing away with outdated models in favour of new technologies. Together with the business community, we face the task of drafting a certain set of rules that will create a specific horizon and a direction for our work».