The task is to unite the most active players around the "digital economy"

29 march 2018 | Connect

Involving a large number of participants actively engaged in the work on the program, creating a unique tool for interaction and fostering an expert discussion about the mechanisms for the program implementation and approving specific activities plans: Head of the Project Management Office for the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program implementation, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, Evgeni Kislyakov told Connect Magazine about the results within the first few months after the program approval.

Evgeniy Kislyakov
Evgeniy Kislyakov
Deputy Head

"The Project Management Office supports the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program implementation". We have been tasked to prepare the information and analytical materials, draft activities plans and monitor their implementation. It is also our job to create and develop two information venues to foster cooperation. We also hold expert meetings such as discussions and seminars", Mr. Kislyakov said.

"At the heart of the notion of digital economy is data and we're talking definitely of data in digital format. Business processes are changing in all sectors of the economy wherever the use of data and cutting edge technologies are involved. When we talk about digital economy what we mean is not just data and information technologies but also global changes in all the sectors of the economy resulting from the use of cutting edge technologies", Mr. Kislyakov stressed.

The basic job of the Project Management Office is to offer complete and comprehensive information support to the participants of the program whenever they need help with implementing it, Mr. Kislyakov noted. "By now, we have already deployed an information system that all participants in the program are connected to. It provides activities plans for 5 basic areas of the program, specifying the responsible for related activities, there is timely provided the information on the activities progress as well as uploaded documents confirming the current status of the work being done," he explained.

Mr. Kislyakov believes it is important that the program participants discuss all the various aspects of the implementation of the activities as part of the information system. "We believe our job is to ensure that the program participants have ready access to all the necessary materials and documents and that all information only needs to be entered into our system once", he stressed.

"One of the fundamental tasks of the program is to get the most active market players engaged with it and we are not just talking about businesses here but also about the research community, experts and the Russian public in general", Mr. Kislyakov said. Speaking of what the state's job is in this context, the first order of the day is deciding on the priorities. And the state should not just do it on its own behind the closed doors, we are talking about the results of public discussions with all the stakeholders in the process: the research community, experts, business and the public. The next job is to lay down the rules of the game. According to Mr. Kislyakov, such a complex system is needed first and foremost to maximize the engagement of the real sector of the economy with the transformation.

"All changes must be easy to understand and welcome by the public", he is sure. On one hand, business and the expert community must feel they are part of this difficult process, but on the other, the government must learn to hear the proposals coming from the people and accept them. "The most important thing we can say today is that the all important dialog has taken place and in that sense it was a success", Mr. Kislyakov stressed.

For more details see Evgeni Kislyakov's interview for Connect Magazine.

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