Ministry of Communications completes work on software import substitution plan

    According to Vedomosti, the RF Ministry of Communications has completed work on a software import substitution program. Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, proposed a sectoral plan, consisting of three blocks, which included relevant activities, stages of implementation and deadlines.

    The first block includes preferences on public procurement for Russian software. Most of all, this will affect the corporate software market: business applications, software for protection against cyber attacks and antiviruses. Today, the share of imports in this software category is 60%. According to the plan, by 2015 it should be reduced to 40%.

    This issue has already been discussed on March 27. In accordance with the comments made then by other departments, the Ministry of Communications should finalize the draft on preferences by May 15 and submit it to the government. And until July 1, this issue is planned to be finally resolved.

    The second block includes support for collective software development in those market segments where Russian software is not widespread and is not competitive. These are, first of all, operating systems (95% are imported), database management systems (86% are imported), office software (97% are imported) and cloud solutions (93% are imported). By 2025, the share of imports in all these areas is planned to be reduced to 50%.

    Together with Russian IT companies, the Ministry of Communications will work on a project to create an autonomous non-profit organization to support collective software development. The project is planned to be submitted to the government by June 1. Software must be developed before 2025.

    Nikiforov proposes to develop such software in conjunction with other countries. First of all, we mean the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa):

    “There are a lot of such examples in the world. Based on the results of the study with the industry, we will consider the issue of creating a non-profit organization for the development of such collective software development and options for state co-financing of its activities, in particular for subsidizing the costs of the developers wages fund. ”

    The third block contains a plan to support domestic software manufacturers for the industrial and financial sectors, for construction and transport, for healthcare and the fuel and energy complex. For this, it is planned to attract investments from the Rosinfokominvest fund and some others.

    However, a decrease in imports of up to 50% in the second and third categories of software will be possible only with “coordination and financial support of import substitution projects,” warns the Ministry of Communications. Such collateral is planned to be agreed in special project passports. The Ministry of Communications plans to develop passports by July 1.

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