Putin: in the development of the it industry need to be proactive

In the development of the information technology industry should be proactive, cutting “archaic obstacles” and given the difficulties due to the epidemic coronavirus has faced as an industry, and the economy as a whole. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with representatives of the telecommunications and it industries, as well as relevant officials. The live broadcast of the teleconference with participation of head of state leads the TV channel “Russia 24”.

“we Need to act ahead of the curve. To cut off different kind of archaic obstacles, of course, considering all aspects of cyber security, the protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens. It is important not to lose sight of the difficulties now faced as the industry itself and the economy as a whole”, — said Putin in his opening remarks opening the meeting.

Among the key problems of the industry at present, the President called the forced reduction of the costs of the real sector on innovation, software and related services. For objective economic and financial constraints, he added, many enterprises will not have enough resources for such development programs.

According to Putin, one should pay close attention to measures to support demand for the products of Russian IT companies, both in terms of the domestic market and exports. “We need to keep the incomes of people employed in this sector and create new jobs. Expect to hear concrete proposals in this regard”, — said the President.

Vladimir Putin remarked that the pandemic constraints have pushed many businesses and organizations to implement digital tools to increase efficiency. But the digitalization, Putin said, is important not only in business but also in public services, in education and medicine.

In the meeting with the head of state to adoptwere taking part the representatives of MegaFon, Sberbank, Mail.ru Group, MTS, Rostelecom, VimpelCom and Yandex.