The scale and extent of ICT in Russia are considerable, but not well-known outside of the country. Russia has 76 million Internet users and an e-commerce turnover of $13 billion a year. The country's e-government performance has already reached the European Union average, despite the challenges of a large population and vast geography. And its ICT industry boasts world-leading brands in the IT sector, fuelled by over 60,000 graduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics each year.
Organized by the World Bank Group, in cooperation with the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Russia ICT Day is an international knowledge-sharing forum that will provide a platform for dialogue between Russian government executives and the global ICT expert community. High-level panel discussions will focus on topics, such as e-government, use of cloud technologies in the public sector, IT industry development, universal access to broadband, and IT skills development. The forum will provide participants with an overview of Russia's most promising ICT initiatives and an opportunity to exchange knowledge about the implementation of successful ICT projects and effective ICT policies worldwide.
Led by Federal Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Hon. Nikolai Nikiforov, with participation of 30 top Russian government IT executives, the forum will consist of a range of sessions about the development of a world-class ICT infrastructure in Russia, successful e-government projects, and Russia's strategy to support further development of a competitive ICT industry.