Roscongress Foundation: Vaccination in 2021 to Help Restore Business Events, Conventions, and Exhibitions

Forums, exhibitions, conferences, business events, and other projects will require mass vaccination for potential participants, as well as observing all the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor (the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing). 

Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov spoke about the potential for large-scale business events in 2021 in Russia. 

“Mass vaccination both in this country and around the world will help restore business communication, as well as conventions and exhibitions industry, which will facilitate recovery from the 2020 crisis. This year, we need to focus on the Rospotrebnadzor recommendations for conventions and exhibitions. They were developed in cooperation with Roscongress’ specialists in November 2020. We need to boost our economic activity, forge cooperation among businesses from different countries and regions, and to involve key experts. Organizing committees are capable of providing a safe environment for participants and attendees, which includes everything from prevention efforts to disinfection. In their turn, potential participants should take a responsible attitude to their health. I believe that at this point vaccination becomes important,” noted Anton Kobyakov.   

The Roscongress Foundation supports the idea of mass COVID-19 vaccination, which will create endless opportunities for achieving a herd immunity.    

In November 2020, the Roscongress Foundation and the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing signed a cooperation agreement. The signatories were Anna Popova, Head of Rospotrebnadzor and Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation, and Alexander Stuglev, CEO and Chairman of the Roscongress Foundation.  

The parties agreed to unite efforts in their fight against the spread of the coronavirus at conventions and exhibitions. According to this document, the Roscongress Foundation started searching for venues suitable for hosting conventions and exhibitions in Russian cities. Roscongress also consults venue owners and staff regarding sanitary and disease prevention measures on all preparation stages and during the events. These measures must meet the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor. Additionally, the Roscongress Foundation took upon itself to prepare information content on actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 



To participants in the Russia–Africa Economic Forum

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you at the opening of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum.

The rich history of relations between Africa and Russia has never seen an event of a similar scale. Members of government agencies and business community, and experts are meeting at this Forum to substantively discuss the current status and prospects of cooperation and a wide range of topical issues of the world economy.

Today, the countries of Africa are well on their way towards social, economic, scientific and technological development, and are playing a significant role in international affairs. They are strengthening mutually beneficial integration processes within the African Union and other regional and sub regional organizations across the continent.

In recent years, the traditionally friendly ties of partnership between Russia and Africa have gained new momentum, both at a bilateral level and in various multilateral formats. In addition to preserving our past experience of successful cooperation, we have also managed to make significant new steps forward. Trade and investment are growing dynamically, and new joint projects are under way in extractive industries, agriculture, healthcare, and education. Russian companies are ready to offer their scientific and technological developments to their African partners, and share their experience of upgrading energy, transport and communications infrastructures.

I hope that the Forum will help identify new areas and forms of cooperation, put forward promising joint initiatives that will bring the collaboration between Russia and Africa to a qualitatively new level and contribute to the development of our economies and the prosperity of our peoples.

I wish the Forum’s participants fruitful work and all the best.

Vladimir Putin

The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Abdelfattah ALSISI