The implementation of the Digital Economy program is scheduled to January 1, 2018

19 december 2017

The Government Commission regarding useof information technologies to improve the quality of life and business environment has held a meeting today. The Commission has approved activity plans for 4 areas of the Digital Economy program. The first activity plan relates to statutory regulation, the second one focuses on fundamental technologies and research that should create the competencies that Russian needs for further digital transformation, the third plan focuses on infrastructure and the fourth one covers the information security.

Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that one of the areas of transition to digital economy regarded regulations: here more than 50 draft regulations were to be developed over the next 3 years to create legal conditions conducive to the development of modern technologies. "I want to stress that this is a very important objective. At the same time we shouldn't deceive ourselves and spend 3 years drafting legislative documents without making any real progress. Regulatory documents are important but the decisions and actions we take are even more important," Mr. Medvedev said. He stressed that most countries easily allow the practice to leave the regulations behind.

"And we should follow the idea. Otherwise, we will just put the brakes on the digital economy while we spend three years developing our regulations. Work must continue while new documents are being developed. So let me stress it again, working on new regulations is important but its important should not be overestimated. And I just want to reiterate it for you again, speaking as someone with a degree in law," Mr. Medvedev said.

According to the Chairman of the Government, the transition to the digital economy is going pretty fast in Russia and while expert opinion should be relied upon in this work, the main demand must come from business. He said that during the meeting the drafting of activity plans would be looked at for the different areas of the digital economy.

"The activity plans that were approved require a total of about RUB 520 billion of funding, of which RUB 150 billion should come from the state budget and we can see that about RUB 50 billion has already been allocated," Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, told media representatives. "Significant funding of RUB 300 billion is planned to come from out-of-budget. This money should come from our largest corporations and other companies in the industry and it will be spent on the implementation of various measures in one way or another as well."   According to the Minister, these activity plans will allow Russia to start implementing the Digital Economy program on January 1, 2018. The program's implementation is to continue through 2024.

The activity plans are drafted using the methodological guidelines developed by the Project Management Office for the Implementation of the Digital Economy Program that runs on the basis of the Analytical Center.

The material was prepared using open sources.

Photos from the website of the Government of the Russian Federation.