RT Labs shares its view on the outlook of digital economy in Russia

1 March

RT Labs took part in the 4th IT Government Day conference

On 1 March 2017 analytical centre TAdviser held the fourth IT Government Day conference in Moscow to discuss informatization of public management and the establishment and development of digital economy for Russia. The conference was attended by 180 participants from both public and private sectors (including the Russian Government, the Ministry of Communications, the Federal Treasury, the Federal Tax Service, the Federal Guard Service, the Moscow Government, the Moscow IT Department and other federal and regional agencies).

RT Labs took part in a panel that discussed how digital economy is understood on different levels of public authority and shared views on the issues related to building a digital economy in Russia.

In his speech, RT Labs General Director Mikhail Bondarenko highlighted digital economy projects handled by Rostelecom, specifically the development of IT infrastructure for E-Government.

He believes that Public Services are fairly highly digitized at the current stage. Most of the objectives formulated at the outset of the project have been achieved, and agencies are able to expeditiously put new services in mass production.

“Work is under way to monetize investments by deriving additional revenues from operating the IT infrastructure in place. We are looking at various issues related to building a biometric platform for trusted identification and SMEV access by commercial market players to ensure cost reduction and utilization of the data already in the possession of the government. We are also working to develop a portal for public sales. Implementing new projects will help the government to optimize e-government financing, and it will help business, on the other hand, to earn additional profits from new tools and IT infrastructure built by the government,” he said.

It is a requirement of the relevant Presidential Instruction that the Digital Economy Programme must be developed and approved by 1 June 2017.