May 28, 2021 06:19 PM

International Youth Leaders to Gather at SPIEF 2021

Representatives of Friends for Leadership, the international network of next generation leaders and entrepreneurs will take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The delegation from different countries is formed by the Roscongress Foundation together with Rossotrudnichestvo and Centre for International Promotion Fund.


Friends for Leadership, a permanent international pool of next generation leaders, was created with a support of the Roscongress Foundation at SPIEF’18. It brings together people involved in the creation and promotion of multilateral economic and humanitarian cooperation projects.

“International youth cooperation is one of the important areas of foreign policy activities. A number of tasks is being implemented under the New Generation Programme, approved by Presidential Decree #1394 of 19 October 2011 "On approval of the concept of the programme of short-term study tours of young representatives of political, social, scientific and business circles of foreign states to the Russian Federation." The objectives of the programme are aimed at strengthening humanitarian cooperation between Russia and its foreign partners, promotion of professional contacts between young people, promoting an impartial perception of Russia and strengthening its positive image around the world," said Sergei Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The partners of the New Generation Programme are the Federative Council of the Russian Federation and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, as well as the Council of Young Diplomats of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Roscongress Foundation.

Representatives of Friends for Leadership regularly participate in events organized by the Roscongress Foundation. In 2019, under the New Generation Program, 42 delegates from 29 countries took part in a special Friends for Leadership session at SPIEF.

In January 2020, the session entitled ‘Friends for Leadership 2020: New Horizons in Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development’ was held on the sidelines of the Russia House in Davos, where specific projects and best practices in the areas of social entrepreneurship, education, technology, sustainable cities, and promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals were presented.


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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.



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