NIKOLAI NIKIFOROV: INTERNATIONAL IT FORUM SHALL BECOME A LARGE-SCALE BUSINESS NETWORKING PLATFORM

14 August 2016

Today Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova, Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Communications of South Africa Faith Muthambi have visited the stands of the exhibition of the International IT Forum. They learned the details of the concept of innovative territorial center "INO Tomsk" in the Tomsk region, understood the management and operation of the unified state system of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations in Ugra -" 112 ", got acquainted with engineering software development of Russian company Rubius, electronic public services for the population, provided by the administration of the Khanty-Mansiysk and watched dancing robots assembled in the gymnasium of Yugorsk.

Immediately after visiting the exhibition "Information Technologies for All" of the VII IT Forum, the Minister of Communications and Mass Meia of the Russian Federation Nikolai Nikiforov, Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova and South African Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi talked with representatives of mass media and shared their impressions.

"I was impressed by the fact that there are projects for people of any age and any level of the perception of this kind of material. I would like to see that the same opportunities are available to all people, wherever they may live," Natalia Komarova said.

The Governor particularly mentioned that this year the Exhibition is focuses on the children. During visiting the stands, Natalia Komarova and Nikolai Nikiforov took part in the ceremony of awarding the winners of the competition of technical skills of robots assembling among schoolchildren "Hello, robot". Meanwhile, the young players were able to play with competitors from the BRICS and the SCO countries:

"For us it is good practice, because we're going to host the world chess cup in the 2019, and hope to get right to organize the Chess Olympics," Head of the region said.

"For me the most important thing is that the IT Forum takes place on a regular basis. After last year's event, we managed to hold the first ever meeting of Ministers of Communications of the BRICS in Moscow, chaired by Russia. This year's meeting will be held in Bangalore in India," the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Nikiforov said.

In his opinion, the most important thing in such events is human capital. If Russia wants to be a technological leader, it should pay more attention to the professionals and talented people of this sphere.

"From the point of view of our Ministry, every year we fight to approximately 20% increase in the number of budget places in universities with IT specialties. Here, in Ugra, we see very impressive programs for kindergartens, additional education in schools, high educational institutions, and universities. Accordingly, on the "output" we get the good projects of local IT companies," Nikiforov said.

The Minister added that there are 25 million programmers in the world, and in Russia, there are only 350 thousand of them. According to the Minister, to become competitive on a global level, our country need 2 million such professionals.

In this regard, the Russian Federation has a policy to support domestic designers; by the way, the country has a register of Russian software with one thousand products already registered. According to Mr. Nikiforov, the Government insists that the government and municipal customers purchase domestic software products; demand is growing, the number of jobs increasing, companies increase wages and compete for specialists. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that innovation would apply not only to government customers, but also to companies with state participation.

According to the Minister, their share in the Russian economy is quite large.

"No matter how hard we work on the Russian market, we should understand that it is not more than 2% of the world market. Therefore, it is important to us to compare positions together with our partners from the BRICS and the SCO," Nikiforov said.

He also added that today for IT-forum is important to pay special attention to the specific business contacts. Natalia Komarova said that nine agreements would be signed after the event

Minister of Communications of South Africa Faith Muthambi was impressed by the number of projects the Russians create for their country. According to the guest from South Africa, she was very impressed by a telemedicine project, which allows the BRICS countries doctors to communicate with each other any time.

Mr. Nikiforov explained that amendments to the federal law for all issues related to telemedicine are under preparation in order to settle it at the level of federal laws.

"This work is carried out after the direct orders of the president. The orders were given by Vladimir Putin after conversation with the IT sphere representatives last December. I am sure that during 2016, all legislative decisions will be made, and this will open up a real new market for these services not only for state-owned companies. I think that one of our goals is to create a competitive environment where the consumer will vote with ruble and choose the best quality and service," the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation said.

Natalia Komarova explained the increased interest of the Okrug in the development of telemedicine systems,

"Given the fact that we have a very large region, there are remote and difficult-to reach areas, it is important that help comes in time," Head of the Okrug said.





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