Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
With every passing year, information technologies have an increasingly greater impact on the country's economy and the life of its citizens. In this environment, no industry, including the financial sector, can go without IT solutions.
In the context of current geopolitical challenges (and despite certain economic turbulence), we have made progress in the substitution of imported software.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law whereby state customers can purchase foreign software only when comparable Russian products are not available.
At the same time, a handful of companies provide most of the end-user, office and infrastructure software products that are currently in use globally. For these niches, dependence on imports is 90% or even more.
We are for the de-monopolisation of the software market. In five to 10 years, we would like to see a situation where one market player cannot corner more than 50% of each infrastructure software line.
Our BRICS partners also share this view.
At the recent BRICS and SCO forums in Ufa, an agreement was reached to set up a working group to coordinate efforts in the ICT sphere, including development of the software market. I think the implementation of new IT solutions and development of the e-Economy together with the support of Russian IT exports will be new drivers of growth in the financial sector in the coming years.
I hope that the Finnopolis 2015 Forum will become a venue to share best practices and modern approaches to complex technological solutions in the economy and effective development of the financial sector.
I hope that the forum's participants and guests find the event productive and have constructive discussions.
President of the Republic of Tatarstan
It’s no coincidence that the Republic of Tatarstan was chosen to hold this important event. Being one of Russia's most advanced regions, Tatarstan rapidly develops all kinds of innovative technologies.
The area of finance affects the entire Russian population and technologies used in this field should not stagnate, but allow everyone to enjoy market opportunities to the full extent. Accessibility and simplicity of services is the key criterion all financial companies must strive for.
The Forum will serve as a venue that brings financial technology professionals together to discuss the issues of global innovation.
I invite you to take part in FINNOPOLIS 2015! We are certain that this Forum will be a success, along with many other projects implemented in our Republic.
Welcome to Tatarstan!