Putin included a digital economy in a list of the main directions of strategic development of the Russian Federation

MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. The digital economy included in the list of the main directions of strategic development of Russia till 2025. This is stated in the minutes of the meeting of the Council for strategic development and priority projects, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Turn the direction of the “Digital economy” in the list of the main directions of strategic development of the Russian Federation until 2018 and for the period till 2025″, – reported in the Protocol.

A meeting of the Council held on 5 July, the Protocol published on 19 July on the website of the Kremlin.

The meeting approved the main provisions of the programme “Digital economy”. The President instructed the government to finalize and approve the document on July 30. In the goals and objectives of the programme should pay particular attention to the interests of consumers “by improving the system of legal guarantees and implementation of measures to protect the rights of consumers when interacting with organizations, public authorities and other actors of the digital economy and digital technologies,” reads the Protocol.

In addition, the final version of the program of development of the digital economy should consider supporting the development of key through digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, distributed registries, robotics, quantum computing, development of information and telecommunication and computing infrastructure and fiscal stimulus. The document must also ensure the interaction of state bodies and major organizations in the field of information and communication technologies “in order to create the conditions and practical solutions in the field of information security in the context of the development of the digital economy”.

The President gave time till August 15 to create a sub-Commission on the digital economy under the government Commission on using information technologies to improve the quality of life and conditions of conducting business activities. The Subcommission will deal with operational management of the programme.

Sources of funding

Putin instructed the government to define and establish the mechanisms, sources and volumes of financing of action plans and programmes for the digital economy, until 31 October 2017. To carry out this work must be given to the preparation of the draft Federal budget for 2018 and the planning period of 2019 and 2020 is added to the Protocol.

The project of the “Digital economy”, in particular, suggests that by 2025, 97% of Russian households must have broadband Internet access (100 Mbps). By this time, all cities with a population of 1 million people needs to be deployed mobile network 5G.

It is also planned that until 2025 in Russia will be the ten companies in the high technology sector and the same number of digital platforms for key sectors of the economy, and the universities will produce more than 100 thousand IT professionals a year.

The Ministry of communications has initiated the idea of creating a separate Fund for the digital economy, but the government has not yet decided whether it will be created.

The Ministry of communications offers to isolate the costs for the implementation of the digital economy in the total budget expenditures and to make them “protected”. In the framework of the creation of the Foundation for the concept of the Ministry means the consolidation, including the following: fee for radio frequency spectrum (in the budget receives about 19 billion rubles), the fee for the universal service of communication (about 15 billion roubles), the savings due to optimization of IT costs for government agencies (out of 100 billion rubles the Ministry of communications offers to save 5-10 billion rubles).