Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Maxim Reshetnikov met with the head of the WEF Børge Brende
20 February 2021 19:45

The meeting of the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov and the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum Børge Brende took place at the White House, and it was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko.

As part of the dialogue, the parties discussed the possibility of creating a Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Russia, which was planned to open last year on the platform of Sberbank. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the signing of the agreement with the World Economic Forum, which is the initiator of the project, has been postponed.

Together with other centers in more than 10 countries, the Russian center will develop approaches to regulation and ethics in innovative industries and share cutting-edge solutions in the field of technology. The best international experts will be involved in the development and implementation of projects, and conditions for the international exchange of experience will be provided. The center will have its own office and staff.

As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted: "Now we are working on a memorandum of cooperation. The next meeting this spring will be devoted to a "quick victories" plan for the next 3 years, so that there is a clear horizon for planning joint actions and synchronizing efforts. Russia is ready to share its expertise and intends to build beneficial cooperation in technological areas with global industry leaders in the field of AI, robotics, unmanned transport and other relevant areas.

The Deputy Prime Minister proposed the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization Tsifrovaya ekonomika ("Digital Economy") as a platform for the implementation of the project on the Russian side.

Participants also discussed the climate agenda. Minister Maxim Reshetnikov told the audience that for the first time in Russia a fundamentally new mechanism of economic regulation will be introduced. It will be based on greenhouse gas emissions accounting - without taxation and mandatory payments. Thus, it will be possible to create new markets for carbon units and to attract investment in climate projects.

"I think the WEF platform could also be instrumental to discuss the prospects of introducing a 'price on carbon' in different parts of the world - how to do it in a non-discriminatory and fair way," the Minister said.

For reference: Similar centers have been opened in the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Norway, and other countries. Examples of existing projects include the British Unlocking Public Sector AI. It consists of guidelines for government procurement of AI solutions. Now these approaches are already being piloted in the UAE, Bahrain, Chile, and the United States. Russia will also be able to participate in the pilot testing and take advantage of the developed guidelines for the procurement of AI solutions to government agencies.

Дата публикации: February 20, 2021
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