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Today, the Government hosted a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum Börge Brende. It was also attended by the Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov.

As part of the dialogue, they discussed the possibility of creating a center for the fourth industrial revolution in Russia, which was planned to be opened at the Sberbank site last year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the signing of an agreement with the World Economic Forum, which is the initiator of the project, has been postponed.

It is assumed that the Russian center, together with other similar centers in more than 10 countries of the world, will develop approaches to normative regulation and ethics in innovative sectors of the economy, and share advanced solutions in the technological field. With its help, the best international experts will be involved in the implementation of projects, as well as conditions for international exchange of experience will be provided. The center will have its own office and staff.

As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted: “We are currently working on a memorandum of cooperation. The next meeting in the spring of this year will be devoted to the plan of “quick wins” for the next 3 years, so that there is a clear horizon of joint actions and synchronization of our efforts. Russia is ready to share its best practices and intends to build profitable cooperation in technological areas with world leaders in the field of AI, robotics, unmanned vehicles and other relevant areas. “

The Deputy Prime Minister proposed ANO Digital Economy as a platform for the implementation of the project on the Russian side.

The meeting participants also discussed the climate agenda. Maxim Reshetnikov told the audience that Russia, in terms of accounting for hydrocarbons and absorptive capacity of forests, has developed its own method for calculating absorptive capacity. “We have repeatedly stated that the current methodology, approved by the international community, does not take into account several important factors inherent in Russia.”

According to the minister, for example, it does not include the accounting of reserve forests and forests that grow on farmland. “Maybe other countries do not have this, but Russia has a huge area. And we have 40% of agricultural land covered with forests. Therefore, we will welcome if the WEF, as a format of communication between countries respected in the world community, can become the platform on which we will interact with foreign colleagues on carbon accounting issues, summarizing the views of all sides of this issue, including national specifics ”, – he said.

Similar centers have been opened in the USA, Colombia, Brazil, Norway and other countries. Among the examples of existing projects of the centers is the British Unlocking Public Sector AI. It consists of guidelines for government procurement of AI solutions. These approaches are now being piloted in the UAE, Bahrain, Chile and the United States. Russia will also be able to take part in the pilot and use the developed guidelines for purchasing AI solutions to government agencies.

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