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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko held a working meeting with Governor of the Novgorod Region Andrey Nikitin. It discussed issues of digitalization of the region, its innovative and technological development and tourism potential.

Dmitry Chernyshenko and Andrey Nikitin discussed digitalization of the Novgorod region

As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted, the Novgorod Region is successfully implementing the Digital Economy national project. In the region, on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, a digital transformation strategy was approved, which took into account key sectors of the economy.

“We see that interest in programming and information technology is growing rapidly in the region. The number of first-year students admitted to IT specialties in colleges and universities of the Novgorod region has almost doubled over the past four years. The government as a whole throughout the country, on behalf of the President, is working to increase the number of budget places in these areas. Including within the framework of the “Priority-2030” program in universities in the next 10 years, it is planned to create more than 300 new specialties. Every second of them is associated with digital technologies and the development of artificial intelligence, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Andrey Nikitin spoke about the popularity of IT specialties in the region. So, in the college, the competition for certain digital areas is 19 people per place. Also in the Polytechnic College such specialties as “Neurointerfaces”, “Development of Computer Games” appeared, and in the construction – “Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics”. The head of the region added that this year 24 IT events were held in the region, in which 7.5 thousand people took part.

In addition, Novgorod students successfully compete in the WorldSkills championship. This year, representatives of the region took a prize in the Digital Breakthrough for the first time. The region was also among the first five regions to receive federal funding to teach programming to schoolchildren over 14 years of age.

The meeting also discussed the construction and development prospects of the innovative scientific and technological center (INTC) “Intellectual Electronics – Valdai”. It is planned that it will be located at three sites: two – in Veliky Novgorod, the third – in Valdai. The main activities of the center will be the development of ultra-precise software and hardware electronic systems, as well as the creation of biomedical diagnostic and rehabilitation systems for monitoring, forecasting and decision support.

The region also implements its own digital projects in the tourism industry. An augmented reality application for tourists was created together with the winners of the Digital Breakthrough competition.

“Since 2020, we have been implementing a pilot project with Sberbank to analyze tourist flows based on anonymized big data of payment systems. Analytics show that even in 2020 we managed not only to retain our audience, but also to attract new guests. This trend continued over the nine months of 2021. Tourist flow to the region increased by 64% at once compared to the same period in 2019, ”said Andrey Nikitin.

Tourism development activities in the region are focused on the formation of three tourist clusters in Veliky Novgorod, Staraya Russa and Valdai region. The main focus is on the transformation of public spaces and the development of infrastructure. Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that the unique tourism potential of the region makes it possible to count on a further increase in the tourist flow to 5 million trips per year by 2030.

“Cooperation with Tourism.RF will contribute to the development of investment attractiveness of the region. The signed agreement between the Novgorod region and the corporation is aimed at the development of four tourist clusters: “Staraya Russa – the city of Dostoevsky”, “Valdaysky”, “Borovichsky” and “Lyubytinsky”. The joint work will allow to attract more than 120 billion rubles of private investment to the development of the region’s tourism infrastructure by 2030, ”Dmitry Chernyshenko stressed.

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