Industry recommended digitization // Government selects codes for enterprise transformation

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday, July 5, at the opening of the Innoprom industrial exhibition in Yekaterinburg, promised additional funding for the most effective measures to support industry, so far without specifics. As part of increasing the competitiveness of Russian products, the authorities expect business to be ready for transformation, in particular, the transition to digital. The government is now preparing a strategy for the digitalization of industry, expecting from it, among other things, to halve the cost of developing and launching high-tech products on the market.

The state is ready to increase funding for industrial support measures that show high efficiency, Mikhail Mishustin announced in Yekaterinburg at the strategic session of Innoprom “Flexible production – maximum adaptation”. For this three-year period, the prime minister said, the budget, in particular, has allocated 25 billion rubles. to reimburse businesses for part of the costs of research, 5.5 billion rubles – for subsidies for the development of digital platforms and software products, 5 billion rubles – to reimburse up to 50% of the cost of creating pilot batches of production means. On Monday, the White House, Kommersant, however, could not explain the likelihood of increasing funding for what support measures are currently in question.

While the authorities are waiting for the full launch of the recently introduced mechanisms, in particular, the updated special investment contracts, the so-called SPIC 2.0.

Compared to the previous version, the updated mechanism is designed for a longer period (20 instead of ten years) and a wider range of participants; the requirement for a minimum investment threshold has also been excluded (previously it was 750 million rubles). On Monday, the prime minister noted that a prerequisite for the conclusion of new special investment contracts is the participation of regions in this work. He called on the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, which have not yet approved the necessary legal and regulatory framework, to complete this process. The center has reasons to rush the governors: as the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov noted at the end of June, the regulatory framework for SPIC 2.0 has not yet been adopted by 20% of the territories.

Mikhail Mishustin spoke on Monday about the need to adapt industrial capacities for the release of new products. This process is quite noticeable in the military-industrial complex (MIC) – on Monday, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that with fierce competition in the foreign arms market, there is no other way to financially stabilize the defense-industrial complex enterprises except for the development of the civilian market. At the end of 2020, the official noted, the share of civilian production at defense industry enterprises amounted to 25.6% versus 24.1% a year earlier.

In general, the prime minister on Monday called for “to concentrate all efforts” on initiatives that would allow to structurally change the face of the industry.

Among such solutions is its translation into “digital”. So far, the government has announced only its expectations from this work for a ten-year period: a twofold increase in the efficiency of equipment, an increase in the number of high-tech jobs by one and a half, and a halving of the cost of developing and launching high-tech products. As Mikhail Mishustin explained, such targets are included in the industry digital transformation strategy – it is planned to be approved in the near future.

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For fast and secure digitalization, it is necessary to solve a number of systemic problems, primarily in terms of ensuring cybersecurity and data protection. Proposals here come from the IT business – the day before, at the meeting of Mikhail Mishustin with representatives of Russian and foreign companies, this topic was also discussed. Eugene Kaspersky, General Director of AO Kaspersky Lab, told the prime minister about the development of “new systems based on the principles of immunity,” built in such a way that hackers would have to invest in an attack more funds than “the profit they get from it.”

Evgenia Kryuchkova, Yekaterinburg

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