Obstacles in Russia’s path to innovative development

1 november 2013

“The obstacles in Russia’s path to innovative development are the customs legislation and the mechanism for regulation of the certification process”, said Yuri Ammosov, Head of Directorate for Research at the Innovation Center, during the forum entitled Open Innovations.

During the Open Innovations Forum, a series of business events dedicated to the latest technology and prospects for international cooperation in the field of innovation took place. In particular, a panel discussion named “Breakthrough innovations: how to turn the crisis into a new source of growth” was held and attended by Yuri Ammosov, Head of Directorate for Research at the Innovation Center.

“We have already created enough public investment mechanisms”, he said. “At the moment, there are 6 major development institutions in the country. We have enough funding mechanisms for funding innovation in large companies, but as for mechanisms that we permitted, and not proposed, we still need to work on this in the coming years. Here I would like to draw your attention to the customs legislation and, in particular, the regime of temporary import and export of high-tech devices, which are needed for the creation of new technologies. The Skoltech’s students complained to me recently about one fact. As part of their educational process, they wanted to develop a solution for Google Glass, but, unfortunately, this idea had to be abandoned. The problem is very simple: the device cannot be certified in Russia. I think the obstacles in Russia’s path to innovative development are the customs legislation and the mechanism for regulation of the certification process. And these problems need to be solved”.