Dmitry Medvedev: “To complete import substitution in the area BY far”
Russian government organizations are still largely dependent on imported software (SW), and this situation needs to be changed. This statement was made by the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at the meeting devoted to development of domestic software products.
According to Dmitry Medvedev, at the moment there is a serious dependence of government and the commercial sector from foreign software. This creates a risk for the development of the IT industry and the economy as a whole, especially in light of the restrictive measures imposed by some countries against Russia. “Ensuring proper independence in the digital space, creating a modern, new digital ecosystem in the country, of its full protection is a matter of national security. In this regard, it is necessary to actively develop our own SOFTWARE. We have talented programmers, it for anybody not a secret. They make a worthy competition to foreign colleagues. Russian developers are releasing software that its technical characteristics do not concede to foreign analogues. It’s all good, but this is not enough,” said the head of government.
“We have a pretty good handle import substitution in a number of other industries. Now this problem should be solved in the field of information technology. This will encourage the development of domestic software,” continued Dmitry Medvedev, stressing that the government under the state program “Digital economy” is planned to create additional measures to support domestic software developers, and for these purposes, provided money from the Federal budget. According to the Prime Minister, by 2024, the share of Russian software product in the state structures should exceed 90 %, and in state-owned companies is to be not less than 70 %.
The head of government assured that the alternatives to the foreign software does not mean that Russia is going to embark on a path of isolation. “It is simply impossible, and most importantly, impractical. But we must keep the necessary balance of interests is important — and to guarantee the protection of information, especially for those sensitive areas, where we are periodically, if not constantly trying to put a spoke in the wheel. This protection should be guaranteed as across the state and in relation to any person who uses modern devices, and, of course, for business, for which security of commercial information is the basis of its competitiveness. For this purpose we develop software,” — summed up Dmitry Medvedev.
We will remind that the program of import substitution in the sector was initiated by the Ministry of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation in 2014 in response to U.S. sanctions and the European Union, which suddenly increased the risks of foreign application software in business and government organizations. Office in the shortest possible time at the legislative level approved restrictions on the admission of foreign software in government and municipal procurement, as well as the rules for the formation and maintenance of the unified register of the Russian programs. According to the established norms, now state agencies are required to purchase the software from the national registry. The purchase of imported products valid only in the absence of the Russian equivalent.