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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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The Eastward Turn: Technological and Strategic Cooperation with Asian Countries in the New Economic Era
8 September 2022
Developing strategic technological ties with Asia is key to mutually beneficial cooperation

The development of the IT sector in Russia has led the way, growing by 35% between 2015 and 2021. The figure is impressive. Now, as we all know, our country is under unprecedented pressure from sanctions from unfriendly countries. The foreign policy environment is not the most favourable either. All these sanctions, as we understand, are aimed, among other things, at depriving our country of technological sovereignty. This is why the Russian expert community and our industry are faced with the task of searching for new strategic partners and creating new alliances, primarily with Asian countries, with proven partners — Vadim Glushchenko, Director, Center for Global IT-Cooperation.

We see cooperation between Russia and Asia Pacific countries, including mainland China, in expanding software development. There is an adaptation period, we see not only changes in the direction of flows, but also the emergence of new supply chains. I would like to note that software development, the use of the Russian academic base, the desire, the professional level capabilities of our specialists in the field of development will contribute to a wider cooperation between the Asia Pacific countries and the Russian Federation. <...> Our worldview is based on strengthening cooperation between Russia and China, in that we see our role in strengthening the position of the digital path within the One Belt, One Road. This programme was forgotten about a couple of years ago, but now it is becoming relevant and gaining momentum — Elena Chernykh, Commercial Director of CITIC Telecom SPS for Europe.

We know how to write high-quality software. We can and want to create world-class products. We are good at it. There are examples of entire segments of software where it is in demand: fintech, the information base, and things related to linguistic analysis — Kirill Bulgakov, First Deputy General Director, T1 Group.

In my opinion [the most promising export solutions] are services. In provision of services, there is promotion. In terms of supplying product boxes, in our sphere this is quite problematic. We can work with it, we can develop joint standardization and unified requirements mechanisms — Evgeny Chugunov, General Director, Cross Technologies.

A sound strategy for information security solutions is needed

If we talk about the sovereignty of any country, it cannot be achieved without technological sovereignty. Part of the sovereignty is achieved by developing our own hardware. It is very important to develop our own hardware. If we talk about integration with Asia, now history shows us that we need to rely only on our own strength our own infrastructure, and our own resources. This is the main goal of such integration. Creating our own software is very important in terms of information security. There is a lot of pressure on us in Europe right now, but we need to take care of the data and protect personal data. If we talk about data security at the national level, we need to secure the channels and where the data is stored. I was very pleased to see that you have introduced laws in Russia that all data of Russian citizens should be stored in Russia, but the Russian Federation needs to apply the same methodology to software development — Milos Jovanovic, President, Executive Director, OpenLink Group.

Adapting Asian products and promoting Russian solutions in Asia Pacific countries will contribute to the rapid development of cooperation

A good effect occurs where the application can absorb some best business practices. I am also reminded of a trend in recent years, where banking industry specialists were very much in demand, and who got good positions in countries in Southeast Asia. This means that business expertise was in demand. Our company has already learned how to build this expertise into its application, which is already a competitive advantage. On the other hand, in terms of concentration and marketing, there is still a lot to learn from other industries. For an example, there is a well-known Russian toothpaste, which sells well in China. So, it is possible to sell in such a difficult market — Kirill Bulgakov, First Deputy General Director, T1 Group.

If you look at the suppliers, naturally, the landscape has changed and quite dramatically. It has already changed since 2014. In other words, this trend has been going on for a long time. Basically, we already use Russian products for 70% of what we do in our business. And if you look at the clients, at least in our area, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have emerged. But there is an interesting trend there that, looking at us, our colleagues also want to localize production. So, something ironclad, software-based, will probably be localized as well — Evgeny Chugunov, General Director, Cross Technologies.

In the pivot East, we see an opportunity to develop our own competencies in digital solutions. This includes mobile application and industry leadership strategies. Here, the key task that we are focusing on is adapting the Chinese software product to the customer experience of the Russian and Western markets. The Chinese product that enters the Russian market, that comes to us to meet the demand – the core remains Chinese, but we fundamentally change the shell of the interface for a user with a different mental pattern. Now I am specifically talking about the mental patterns of a person from the East and a person from the West — Artyom Mikhailov, Production Director, e-legion.

For Kazakhstan, cooperation with Russia in the development of digital products and solutions is very important. If we talk about entrepreneurship and the start-up sector, supporting business incubators and accelerators is very relevant here. We are creating a single platform, a base together with all the universities. In other words, we are now training staff to develop the creation of business incubators at universities. Already today we are preparing about 75 universities which have signed a memorandum with Kazakhstan, and which start IT development training among their graduates. The cooperation that we see in the future is the transfer of experience. It is also possible to conduct joint projects, which we will implement and present on a global scale — Maya Suyunchaliyeva, Leading Specialist, Kazakhstan Agrarian National University.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS