Russian state companies have to withdraw from foreign computer software

Russian state companies have to withdraw from foreign computer software
Anton Siluanov Photo: RBC

Within a few months, state-owned companies should develop a clear plan for import substitution in the field of software until 2021. Since 2015, the government has required them to use the domestic software.

First Deputy Chairman of the government and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov signed a directive ordering state-owned companies to develop a clear plan for the transition to domestic software. This is reported by Vedomosti with reference to a copy of the document. The fact of signing the directive was confirmed by representative of the First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Lavrov.

Vladimir Putin demanded from state-owned companies to switch to domestic software back in 2015; in November of the same year, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that banned state-owned companies from purchasing software abroad, if its counterparts exist in Russia. In July 2016, the relevant directive was signed by Igor Shuvalov. In February 2018, a government commission decided that the Competence Center for Import Substitution in the IT field would be coordinated with plans for the transition to domestic software.

By the new Siluanov directive, state-owned companies will have to convene a board of directors, where state representatives must approve the instruction ten days after its receipt. After that, state-owned companies must adopt a plan for switching to Russian software within two months - by 2021, its share should exceed 50%. Similar tasks should be assigned to subsidiaries.

Not all state companies are ready to switch to domestic software right now. The source of Vedomosti, close to Aeroflot, indicates that accelerated import substitution threatens to reduce the airline’s competitiveness and revenues. This, in turn, can affect the price of tickets.

In September, the Ministry of Communications completed the audit of the registry of domestic software, launched on January 1, 2016. State-owned companies should choose from this registry.

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