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G1 Institute and Roscongress Foundation sign Memorandum of Cooperation Hi-level connections to increase business opportunities for Japan and Russia


(Tokyo, Japan) The G1 Institute and the Roscongress Foundation, Russia’s largest conference operator, took another step in expanding their global networking capabilities, signing a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on August 3, 2016. The MOC has already led to more hi-level business and government connections, contributing to improving relations between Japan and the Russian Federation.

Recognizing “the importance of [mutually beneficial] collaboration for enhancing economic ties and supporting friendly relations between Japan and the Russian Federation,” this MOC allows for participant and speaker exchanges at each organization’s respective conferences. The increased opportunities for networking at these conferences may lead to more connections among corporations interested in doing business between the two countries.

One result of this MOC was the attendance of Mr. Yoshito Hori, Chair of the G1 Institute, to the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, which was organized by Roscongress in September 2016. In the spirit of the warming political relationship between Japan and Russia, Mr. Hori, who is also President of GLOBIS University, Japan’s largest business school, and Managing Partner of GLOBIS Capital Partners, acted quickly to support this relationship on the business side. The EEF was also attended by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia Hiroshige Seko, both of whom have close ties with the G1 network, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Far East Minister Alexander Galushka.

Another outcome of this MOC was the attendance of a Roscongress regional specialist joining approximately 120 other participants at the 6th G1 Global Conference at the GLOBIS Tokyo campus in October 2016. Leaders from business, politics, and the non-profit sectors from around the world attended, including former BBC presenter Nik Gowing, to discuss “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable.”

G1 will continue to expand its cooperation with other thinktanks and organizations outside Japan, including exploring future cooperation with the ADC Forum in Australia.

About the Roscongress Foundation:
The Roscongress Foundation was established in 2007 to organize and host the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. It received its current name following a reorganization in December 2015. It holds 190 events annually from Montevideo to Vladivostok, with 55,000 participants from 133 countries across the globe, enabling international business leaders, experts, journalists, and government officials to meet and interact. Its aim is to develop Russia’s economic potential and strengthen the country’s image by organizing congresses and exhibitions with an economic and social focus, developing substantive content, providing companies with advice, information, and expert guidance, and offering comprehensive evaluation, analysis, and coverage of the Russian and global economic agendas.

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About the G1 Institute:
Founded in February 2009 with the aim to become a Japanese version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, G1 became a general incorporated association in April 2013. The G1 Institute provides a platform for learning, discussion, and action by leaders from various industries. With a goal to re-vitalize Japan, it holds 7 large events each year (the G1 Summit, G1 Global Conference, G1 Executive Conference, G1 New Leaders’ Summit, G1 Regional Meetings, G1 Venture, and G1 College). Ten members have become Ministers in the Japanese Cabinet. Its recent activities include forums, committees, and initiatives to put new ideas into action, including its own thinktanks related to culture and technology. The G1 also published this year’s English translation of the 100 Actions Project, a “quiet revolution” to re-energize Japan.

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