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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

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.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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Russian East 2.0. Regional Drivers of Digital Development in the New Reality
7 September 2022
Digitalization of various spheres has improved the quality of life in remote areas of the Far East

We can see how life immediately changes in the areas where fibre optics come in, especially in the Arctic. For example, it came to Oleneksky District last year. Thanks to it, fast Internet is now available there, telemedicine is developing, and consultations of the pilot cardiology centre of Yakutsk are held. Particularly during COVID, it has saved the budget for air ambulance flights. The speed of decision making has increased, and many lives have simply been saved. <...> As fast Internet appears, there is an immediate increase in online shopping in the districts... It drives the cost of goods down. We are now launching remote education for children, especially children with disabilities. And I believe that this has a very positive effect on the overall quality of life in remote areas. There are calculations that in the areas where we have fast Internet, GRP [gross regional product, – Ed.] starts to grow by 2% a year — Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Today’s priority is the use of artificial intelligence, including artificial intelligence in public administration. Two years ago, we set up a subordinate institution, the Digital Transformation Centre. On its basis a regional centre of competences in artificial intelligence technology was created. <...> The implemented projects are voice and text assistants... They are automatic shorthand. For example, automatic stenography of the minutes of certification commissions made it possible to cut labour costs by half — Andrey Travnikov, Governor of Novosibirsk Region.

For [such] regions as Yakutia, the Irkutsk Region, [digitalization, – Ed.] means the speed of decision-making. This is the future of our regions and other regions as well. We need to get involved in this process quickly and be a part of it — Igor Kobzev, Governor of Irkutsk Region.

Lack of IT personnel

We started from scratch in 2018. Almost all of our ‘digitalization’ in Kuzbass was unfortunately made up of a few IT people who could only change a cartridge in the printer. That is the maximum of their competence — Sergey Tsivilev, Governor of Kemerovo Region – Kuzbass.

We know that the estimated shortage of IT specialists in the country is around 1 million specialists. Of course, we are now doing our best to train... specialists in the IT industry. <...> Undoubtedly, universities in Far Eastern and Siberian regions, which are at the top of the world rankings for education quality, have authored very important digital projects and are a very serious forge of personnel for us. At the same time, we understand that despite the high level of education, IT specialists migrate to other regions or countries, which is a problem — Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

It is necessary to continue digitalization, increasing coverage and areas of activity, consolidating data, and standardizing processes

In Yakutia, the area covered by forest fires is 13 times smaller than last year. In the past, we had eight different platforms for forest fires: the Ministry of Emergency Situations had its own platforms. Our forest guard had others, and the districts had their own ones. <...> Of course, the information was sometimes distorted and slow to reach us. Now, thanks to the [new, – Ed.] platform, which... is used by all services – federal, regional, and municipal – we have almost doubled the speed of decision-making. We believe the response to fires has increased — Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

All of the practices that we offer you will all be encapsulated in the Gostech platform, because all the information systems that we previously created from scratch, we have begun to transfer to standardized systems. <...> We believe that if all these systems are on Gostech, we can use and replicate them — Valery Limarenko, Governor of Sakhalin Region.

We certainly need to continue [connecting] the Arctic district centres to fast Internet. We very much hope for the support of the Government of the Russian Federation here. <...> We are planning – this is quite an ambitious task – to fully connect all the Arctic district centres of Yakutia in 2023–2025, to reach the Arctic Ocean and the Northern Sea Route in several places. <...> By implementing this project, we are really defeating the digital divide that we have in the Arctic — Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Transition to domestic software

In the example of <...> strategic enterprises, the use of exclusively domestic technologies and solutions is, in fact, the only possible way. <...> As for proposals to solve the most significant problems in import substitution of software at industrial enterprises... the following should be noted: it is necessary to massively introduce the study of <...> domestic design and technological information systems into training programmes for engineering personnel. <...> It is also necessary, in our opinion, to develop domestic standards for data exchange between industrial software and hardware complexes — Viktor Tomenko, Governor of Altai Territory.

Maybe all of us [the regions, – Ed.] could unite and together pay this fee for domestic software, make some kind of a single centre? It would be cheaper for us — Sergey Tsivilev, Governor of Kemerovo Region – Kuzbass.

Today I can definitely say that we are switching to all domestic products. <...> By the end of the year, we will have switched to using 80% of Russian office software, by the end of next year we will be at 100%. As for the use of Russian operating system, by the end of the year we will be at 60%, next year – at 100%. The use of Russian postal software (we signed an agreement with Russian Post today): we will reach 100% by the end of the year — Igor Kobzev, Governor of Irkutsk Region.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS