The Digital Economy national program was officially presented at the Open Innovations forum

18 october 2018

The program draft "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation" was officially presented at the Creating the Future Leader of the Digital Economy panel discussion during the Open Innovations forum.

The program draft "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation" was officially presented at the Creating the Future Leader of the Digital Economy panel discussion during the Open Innovations forum.

Opening the discussion, Deputy Chair of the Government of the Russian Federation Maxim Akimov identified two sets of strategic tasks for the development of digital economy.

The first set has to do with architecture. "First of all, this is the national data architecture. A nation-wide data architecture must be created to meet the demands of both business and the state. All the basic registers must be put in order and kept up to date. This work must be done in the next 2 years as part of the implementation of the national program," Mr. Akimov said. The second set of tasks has to do with digital identity. "We're talking about full-fledged digital residency for organizations, things, individuals in the world, management of solutions and digital profiles of a person, a shared trusted environment," the vice prime minister explained.

Konstantin Noskov, the minister of digital development, communications and mass media, talked in more detail about the goals and objectives to be achieved under the Digital Economy program.

"Our strategic goal is to make a breakthrough in terms of improving the quality of life for people, modernizing the economy, infrastructure and state governance by using digital technologies in order to become a global development leader," Mr. Noskov stressed.

Among the key goals and indicators of the national program for 2024 that he mentioned were increasing domestic spending on the development of the digital economy from all sources (as a share in the country's GDP) by at least a factor of 3 on the 2017 level; use primarily domestically sourced software by state bodies, local governance bodies and organizations; creation of a sustainable and safe information and telecommunications infrastructure for high speed transmission, processing and storage of big data which would be accessible to all organizations and households.

Head of the Ministry of Communications of Russia reminded those present that the implementation of the national program involves six rather than five areas and that the expenditure on the implementation of the measures planned for all the area of the national program through 2024 are expected to total RUB 1.08 trillion. Mr. Noskov explained that RUB 1.59 billion will go on the implementation o "Regulations for the Digital Environment", RUB 413.39 billion will go on the development of "Information Infrastructure", RUB 138.65 billion will go on "Human Reserves for the Digital Economy", RUB 17.99 billion will go on "Information Security", RUB 282.05 billion is to be spent on "Digital Technologies", and another RUB 226.34 billion will be spent on "Digital State Governance".

German Gref, Chair of Sberbank PJSC, talked about the challenges for the digital economy in the world and in Russia. "If we look at our digital place in the world, we're among the followers. So, the goal of the national program today is to catch up with the leaders," Mr. Gref believes.

According to him, the entire digital world consists of two parts: those who were born "digital" and those who are trying to become digital. "In Russia, the share of companies that were born digital is extremely low at less than 3%, we need to focus on transforming the traditional markets," Mr. Gref added.

It should be noted that the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program was approved by the government resolution dated July 29, 2017 and its implementation has been underway for more than a year. This May, the Russian President issued the Decree "On the national goals and strategic development objectives of the Russian Federation until 2024" which set the goals and objectives for achieving accelerated pace of adoption of digital technologies in the economy and in the social sphere, in response to which the Ministry of Communications of Russia and federal executive bodies and organizations with a stake in it have developed the national program "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation". In September 2018, an updated draft of the national program was submitted to the Government of the Russian Federation, and in October, it was approved at a meeting of the presidium of the Presidential Council of Russia for strategic development and national projects.