Digitization should radically reduce the cost of interaction with government for business

17 september 2018 | Kommersant

Vladimir Mesropyan, Head of the Project Management Office for the Digital Economy program at the Analytical Center, commented for Kommersant the main conclusion drawn by a study into digitization conducted by P. Stolypin Economic Growth Institute. The authors of the study believe that the growth of digitization in the economy is a result primarily of an expansion of the state sector that involves the creation of new information and accounting systems "firstly in those sectors which the state regards as potential sources of budget revenue".

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

Vladimir Mesropyan begs to differ on the issue of the over-representation of state actors in the digital sector, noting that the Digital Economy program launched in 2017 fully takes into account the opinions of business. "The goal that we have today is to minimize the business expenses on interaction with the state," Head of the Project Management Office said.

The authors of the study cite the digitization of trade (online cash registers, the national information system, labeling of goods) and transport (GLONASS) stressing that companies were forced to meet the new requirements, which included requirement to buy and install equipment to allow the state to collect fiscal information and administer taxes. "Speaking of the logic behind the way the state digitization plan is being implemented, it focuses on creating comprehensive services for individuals and businesses rather than on improving fiscal tools and information systems," Mr. Mesropyan told Kommersant.

Source: Kommersant

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