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Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko and Yuri Borisov held a strategic conference with representatives of the industry on the development of the domestic radio-electronic industry in the videoconferencing mode.

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Dmitry Chernyshenko and Yuri Borisov held a large-scale strategic conference on the development of the Russian radio-electronic industry

The event was attended by Maksut Shadayev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Russian Railways OJSC, Mikhail Oseevsky, President of Rostelecom PJSC, and First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC Sberbank Alexander Vedyakhin, CEO of the Yandex group of companies Arkady Volozh, CEO of KamAZ PJSC Sergey Kogogin, representatives of federal ministries and departments, the Presidential Administration, about 100 companies – developers and manufacturers of radio electronics, institutes and research centers, as well as potential customers, public and experts. There are about 300 participants in total.

The main theme of the event is the development of demand for Russian electronics and the development of new measures to support the industry. The participants discussed the current status of the country’s electronics industry, the best world practices, formulated the main priorities and challenges facing both the state and the entire industry.

According to Yuri Borisov, a separate priority area in the development of microelectronics is the transition of critical information infrastructure (CII) facilities to import-independent domestic software and hardware solutions. He said that at present the task of ensuring technological independence has been solved only in certain market segments and this is not enough. Tasks for the phased transfer of equipment to domestic solutions have already been set in the fuel and energy sector, and monitoring of their implementation is underway. Decisions will be made in the near future on the timing of the transition of objects in other areas.

“Over the past two years, more has been done in the microelectronics industry than over the past 25 years. And this is a great merit of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, thanks to whose efforts it was possible to convince everyone of the importance of this industry and the need to seriously invest in its development. But in the context of digital transformation, a delay in taking further measures to ensure the development of microelectronics will lead to industry degradation, forced purchases of imported digital platforms and equipment as part of national projects, and, as a result, the loss of the country’s technological sovereignty. And the digital transformation of CII on an imported element base generally threatens national security. And our task is to prevent this,” said Yuri Borisov.

“Two years ago approved Strategy for the development of the electronic industry of the Russian Federation until 2030. During this period, the requirements for optimization and technical re-equipment of production capacities have increased. As part of a series of strategic sessions with representatives of the industry, it is important to reach a specific package of proposals that is relevant in terms of the current situation in the field of import substitution and the new economic challenges facing the country. Particular attention should be paid to the key vectors of demand formation in the domestic and foreign markets. After consideration, the final document will be submitted to the Prime Minister,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

He noted that last year the Government, together with the Public Expert Council, launched a large-scale work to develop and implement a set of measures to support the industry. The implementation of end-to-end projects with subsidies of up to 4 billion rubles a year has started to compensate for the costs of purchasing and introducing Russian radio-electronic products, which makes it possible to launch the production of new competitive products.

“Last year, the Council considered 19 projects, 8 of them for a total of 147 billion rubles have already been approved. Another 51 projects worth more than 360 billion are currently underway. The implementation of cross-cutting projects is one of the effective measures of state support. But we need to solve the problem in a complex way. As part of a series of strategic sessions, the working groups should form project passports for each of the areas. We do not rule out that we will have a new national project in the field of radio electronics,” Dmitry Chernyshenko emphasized.

The participants, divided into 19 thematic groups (navigation devices, medical electronics, intelligent transport systems, software and hardware systems in the field of artificial intelligence and big data, etc.), will form their specific proposals for the further development of domestic electronic industry. They will be announced at four strategic sessions.

Yuri Borisov, in turn, mentioned the currently implemented plan for the procurement of Russian civilian microelectronic products until 2024, which stimulates domestic demand for microelectronics. He also recalled the ban on the purchase of foreign computer equipment and the “second wheel” rule for other electronic products when making purchases to meet state and municipal needs. Yuri Borisov considers the introduction of a quota mechanism (minimum mandatory share) for the purchase of Russian electronic products to meet state and municipal needs and purchases by state-owned companies from 2021 as the most significant measure. For the main range of electronic products, the minimum mandatory share of purchases of Russian products by 2023 will be from 50 to 90%.

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