Digital Economy Creates Space for Dialog

19 october 2017

"We would not wish the Digital Economy program to be like the GOELRO plan," said First deputy head of the Central Office of the Government of the Russian Federation Maxim Akimov at the plenary session of the Open Innovations Forum. This is not so much a program as a platform for dialog and cooperation. It is not for nothing that one would not find it in the system of state programs and strategic documents. It is necessary to create a space where legislation would help something new to be born, rather than prohibit it.

The most important role was assigned to business, the representatives of which are members of both competence centers and work groups. "Only 70 of those 650 people who work within the Digital Economy program are actually officials," Akimov pointed out. And, ultimately, it is business representatives who assess the results through the system of monitoring and development of changes.

It is important to understand that the Digital Economy program is not a way to divide the market, and there is no place for lobbyism here," said Akimov.

In addition, the program should not be seen as an analog-to-digital converter. Its role is much greater. First of all, it aims at the formation of new opportunities, the creation of new business models, in which intermediaries should gradually be displaced. These processes are already making headway, for example, in the transport sector. The current issue today is how to identify the industries that need to be digitalized first, where rapid productivity growth is possible in the context of digital reality.

According to Akimov, the strategic goals for the near future are clear. These are IT solutions export, risk management, regulation and a new approach to defining the scale of a business. And that's just the beginning of a long journey. "Hopefully, with the digital economy, a 10% GDP growth by 2025 will seem a simple and achievable task," said Akimov.