Dmitry Medvedev: "Russia is open for innovations"

30 October 2015

Dmitry Medvedev: "Russia is open for innovations"

Open Innovations Technology Forum and Show, the largest Russian technology congress, which is being held at the VDNKH on 28 October - 1 November, began its work. Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, participated in the opening plenary session of the event's first day.

The plenary was held in the format of an open interview where, in addition to the Russian Prime Minister, there took part his Serbian counterpart Alexander Vucic, Victor Vekselberg, President of the Skolkovo Foundation, Jeremy Rifkin, head of Economic Trends Foundation and the author of the The Third Industrial Revolution bestseller, David Yang, the founder of the ABBYY, and Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency. Michael Butcher, the Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch Europe was the moderator of the session.

The head of the Government noted there is no alternative to the innovative development of Russia. "Progress cannot be stopped. Focus on providing support to the innovative growth will continue, and it is a public task. We should become a part of the global technological world", said Dmitry Medvedev.

According to the Prime Minister, business community along with the government authorities should take part in creating an innovative economy of Russia: "The role of business is of no lesser importance. We should not exaggerate the role of the state". Dmitry Medvedev said one of the important tasks of the business community could be creation of points of growth - innovation centers and clusters, as well as participation in patenting of inventions.

Speaking on trends in technological development, the head of the Government outlined the trends, important from the point of view of the State and the Government. "The first issue I want to speak about is restructuring of the labor market and increasing the creative component of labor, the Prime Minister said. - If the automation, robotics, artificial intelligence start displacing menial work, the ability to imagine and create, which is exactly what distinguishes man from the robot, will step forward.

Dmitry Medvedev also mentioned the entry into active working life of the generations born in the digital era, and global digitization of education, as a result of which its best achievements are becoming increasingly available to audiences. "One should always learn. Open platforms are now erasing the remnants of geographical borders," emphasized Dmitry Medvedev.

Continuing to cover the issue, the Prime Minister noted the role of new technologies in public management: "Contemporary communications platforms help in organizing collective actions of people in a new way, combining them for the purpose of various community initiatives. All of this should be taken into account in the daily practices of government authorities".

Closing the forum's plenary session, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia is open for innovative cooperation. I would like to emphasize that, despite all the extraneous circumstances, Russia is open to innovations and cooperation with all the interested stakeholders," said the head of the Government.

About the Open Innovations Technology Forum and Show

Open Innovations 2015 Technology Forum and Show is the largest event in Russia, discovering the future of technology in contemporary humans life, economy and society.

The Forum has been organized since 2012, under the auspices of the Russian Government, with the support of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and with the participation of the Government of Moscow, as well as Russian development institutions: ROSNANO, RVK, Skolkovo Foundation, Vnesheconombank, Foundation for Assistance to Small Enterprises Development in the scientific and technical field. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation acts as the Forum's operator. AGT Communications Group acts as a the Forum's communication operator. During the previous years the Forum was attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, heads of Governments of some foreign countries, representatives of large companies.

Among the Forum participants there are large technology companies and young startups, venture industry and government institutions of development, visionaries and engineers, suppliers and consumers of technology. This year's event is taking place in an updated format of "short-sleeve" discussions, in a lively and interactive environment. In addition to the plenary speeches, in the framework of the Forum, there organized master classes, free lectures, presentations, debates, workshops, public interviews.

The discussions are developed around the issue of "A man at the crossroads of trends of technological revolution", and focused on five key areas of human life that have been dramatically changing under the influence of technologies: performance, habitat, education, health and entertainment. Each day of the Forum covers one of these areas.