No radical changes to the goals and tasks of the “Digital Economy” program

12 july 2018 | Kommersant

A draft national program "Digital Economy" has been submitted to the government, which includes stricter information security requirements: the share of domestic Russian internet traffic routed through foreign servers must not exceed 5% by 2024, writes the Kommersant.

Vladimir Mesropyan
Vladimir Mesropyan
Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program

The draft also proposes a digital transformation in the energy sector, construction, health care, industry, education, agriculture, utility services and in transport. The efforts to digitize those sectors will be supervised by relevant ministries. The draft ensures continuity of the previously adopted action plans on the first basic elements of the state program of the same name.

"The only new element in the draft is the digital state governance while the mechanism for interacting with the EEU and the mechanism for supporting projects will be integrated into the other six elements," Vladimir Mesropyan, Deputy Head of the Project Office for the implementation of the “Digital Economy” program, explained to a Kommersant correspondent. There are also eight other elements that have been suggested to concerned state bodies but which have not been yet included in the program, he added. "These plans are to be refined further down the road, maybe the measures to be implemented with regards to some specific tasks and the deadlines for their implementation will be reviewed, but there won't be any radical changes to the main goals, tasks and milestones," Mr Mesropyan explained.

The proposals for the draft national program "Digital Economy" until 2024 were prepared by the Ministry for Communications in conjunction with the Analytical Center. The state program needs transformation in order to implement one of the May decrees of the president that requires that by 2024 the government must triple domestic spending on the development of the digital economy on the 2017 level. It is also necessary to insure the creation of a sustainable and safe information communications infrastructure for the high speed transmission, processing and storage of big data while government authorities must switch to using primarily domestically sourced software.

The final version of the national program is to be submitted for review by the Presidential Council on priority projects by October 1st.

Source: The Kommersant