Mr. Evgeny Kislyakov, Head of the Project Management Office for the Implementation of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program, gave a detailed interview to PCWeek on digitalization prospects and objectives of the Project Management Office.
Traditional Branches of the Economy Transforms with Introduction of Digital Technologies
The Project Management Office was established based on the Analytical Center and commenced its work last summer. "We are charged to prepare information and analytical materials, draft action plans, and monitor their fulfillment," said Mr. Kislyakov to a reporter of PCWeek. "Such activities require both concentrating all available resources of the Project Management Office and engaging outside advisers. Besides, we have an objective to create and develop two information communication platforms."
The information system of the program management - a platform for communication of all participants - already works today and 300 participants are connected thereto, action plans by area have been introduced, responsible persons have been appointed, deadlines of specific actions have been set, and it is possible to discuss current issues in the system itself. Besides, we are currently creating the Digital Economy portal, a platform that will publish the most relevant news about the program progress.
According to Mr. Evgeny Kislyakov, the program provides for transparency of the state administration and is designed as a tool for joint regulation of economy digitalization processes. The business plays a very important part here aiding to define prospects of the digital economy, develop action plans, and assess the extent of their implementation.
The role of the business and science is institutionalized that is also reflected in the program management structure, said Mr. Kislyakov. Autonomous Non-Profit Organization Digital Economy is to communicate with these areas identifying their needs in this sphere. This organization will become a platform for efficient communication of the business, expert community, and authorities.
The Parliament establishes councils and work groups to improve the legislation in the digital economy field. "I must say that they perfectly understand the need for prompt updates to the legislation and actively cooperate with participants of the program," stated the Head of the Project Management Office.
Experts agree that for successful development and personal fulfillment in the digital world it is required to develop competencies comprehensively in three areas: soft skills, professional hard skills, and particularly digital skills.
"Today, many companies formulate soft skills requirements when recruiting employees, i.e. they expect that candidates to a position have knowledge and skills that are connected not with their professional competency, but with learning capability, team spirit, and motivation to achievements - instead of more traditional hard skills that are limited solely to the professionalism," said Mr. Kislyakov.
According to him, traditional branches of the economy transform with introduction of digital technologies. Some professions become non-demanded in the employment market or disappear at all and some, on the contrary, gain a high importance.
The forecast for Russia is as follows: requirements to qualification and skills of people will be changed for approximately 25 million jobs during ten years. New competencies are also needed in the new economy - this relates both to theoretical knowledge, programming and data handling experience, as well as creative, analytical thinking, communicative skills, and ability to work in uncertainty conditions, said the Expert.