of the 7th International IT Forum attended by BRICS and SCO countries  


6-7 July 2015


Organizer:  The Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra

Co-organizers:  The Tomsk Oblast Administration and M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

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The 2015 Khanty-Mansiysk IT Forum (hereinafter- IT Forum) takes place within the period of Russia’s presidency in, and on the eve of, SCO and BRICS summits.  

Issues of trade and investment interaction, state of and outlook for development of cooperation in economy, financial regulation, cooperation in exhibition, trade fair, and congress activities, etc. are discussed at various Russian sites.

Thus, Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the 10th SCO Forum Session in March.  Its participants discussed key achievements and issues of cooperation within the SCO framework in the areas of security, deepening economic cooperation, as well as the outlook for expansion of SCO and its relations with other international organizations.  

In July 2015, on the eve of summits of leaders of SCO and BRICS member states, Ufa will host sessions of SCO and BRICS business councils, conferences, and presentations attended by entrepreneurs from SCO and BRICS countries.  The key focus during these events will be given to the issues of strengthening and developing interregional economic and business relations within the SCO and BRICS framework as well as the outlook for expanding cooperation between SME representatives.  

A wide range of issues will be resolved at the summits of BRICS and SCO countries, with an important place assigned to determination of new areas for interaction and articulation of proposals for progressive advance of BRICSD countries’ economies.  One of the key objectives of the SCO summit will be adoption of the SCO development strategy until 2025.  

Regarding the information technology issues, the summits will encourage opening of domestic IT markets in order to help companies from BRICS and SCO countries become bigger and more competitive.  This will make it possible to efficiently combat the monopoly of international corporations in the IT sector, which start with commissioning developers from BRICS and SCO countries to produce software and then sell it in licensed form at the same markets.

Embedded into this landmark sequence of events and actions for BRICS and SCO countries, the 7th IT Forum of BRICS and SCO countries will take place immediately before the summits.


The Forum’s key objective:  creating conditions for development and implementation of the best practices of information technology (IT) application in BRICS and SCO countries' social sphere.


The Forum’s main objectives

-                   enhancing the quality of life for the population of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions through the use of IT in social sphere, first and foremost in healthcare, education, science, culture, safety of living;

-                   further development of multilateral cooperation between regions, public sector entities, and business companies of BRICS and SCO countries in the IT sector;

-                   identifying crucially new and emerging trends in the IT sector for integration of resources and efforts of BRICS and SCO countries for the benefit of producing import substitution products in this sector;

-                   promoting the initiatives for gradual institutionalization of joint activities of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions in the IT sector;

-                   developing proposals for international cooperation of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions in the IT sector for BRICS and SCO summits in accordance with the goals of Russia’s presidency;

-                   enhancing information openness of the authorities and transparency of public administration;

-                   building an efficient, IT usage-based public administration system;

-                   arranging for the exchange of best IT technologies and practices between constituent entities of the Russian Federation, international organizations, authorities and organizations of foreign countries including BRICS and SCO countries, using them in social sphere, setting up the operation of international ’innovation lifts’ for the developments capable of improving quality of life for people. 


The Forum’s main goals:

-                   creating conditions for development and implementation of the world’s best IT usage practices, including those for the development of import substitution sector in BRICS and SCO countries;

-                   carrying out an outreach presentation of achievements in the IT sector including the most promising innovative projects;

-                   ensuring the rise of awareness level of representatives of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, international organizations, authorities and organizations of foreign countries including BRICS and SCO countries on the world’s best practices in the IT sector;

-                   building a consolidated opinion on the main areas of national policy in the IT sector at the regional level;

-                   business networking among the Forum participants.


The Forum’s important accents:

-                   developing constructive cooperation between BRICS and SCO countries’ regions for the purpose of executing socially significant projects, development of IT-based social entrepreneurship;

-                   promoting Russian developments and products abroad, first and foremost to BRICS and SCO countries, and to other countries jointly with them;

-                   information transparency, application of the best practices of IT implementation in social activities of BRICS and SCO countries;

-                   activating the existing financial frameworks and building new ones including venture investments, loans, grants;

-                   encouraging building an intellectual property market ;

-                   building a common R&D and unified information space;

-                   harmonizing the legal frameworks of BRICS and SCO countries in the IT sector;

-                   implementing IT for the support of public-private partnerships' operations, small business development'

-                   updating the personnel training system in the IT sector;

-                   reducing dependency on imports;

-                   creating an Innovation and Investment IT Development Register.


Priorities and cooperation formats for IT Forum participants

Khanty-Mansisyk will host the IT Forum for the seventh time in succession.  It has developed a certain format.  In 2014, the IT Forum format was expanded through the involvement of BRICS countries, with nearly 1,500 participants from 30 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and representatives of 16 countries of the world.  The 2015 IT Forum will involve SCO countries as well.  

The following countries of the world are expected to participate:  Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, etc.  

Priority areas and goals for the development of bilateral cooperation between BRICS and SCO countries in the IT sector:

-                   enhancing the quality of life, life expectancy of the population by way of assisting fast and massive implementation (through the advantage of scale) of promising developments in social sphere (including medicine and education) in people’s life;

-                   developing high-technology business employing IT to reinforce the import substitution base;

-                   supporting mutual research for implementation of innovative technologies in the areas of priority interest for the Autonomous Okrug and BRICS and SCO countries’ regions;

-                   encouraging execution of multilateral investment projects, development of high-technology, ICT-based business in social sphere of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions;

-                   exchanging information on projects proposed for joint implementation, assistance in finding potential contractors;

-                   execution of multilateral investment projects in social sphere of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions – the area of responsibility of the regional authorities;

-                   establishing a BRICS and SCO network university.

The forms of cooperation between BRICS and SCO countries in the IT sector are as follows:  entering into investment contracts, entering into interaction agreements, exchanging young people’s delegations, establishing direct contacts between the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra and BRICS and SCO countries' regions by way of entering into bilateral cooperation agreements, and development of the initiative of the previous Khanty-Mansiysk IT Forum for establishing the  BRICS Council of Regions through involvement of SCO countries.


Forum Co-Organizers.

In 2015, the Tomsk Oblast Administration and M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University act in the capacity of Forum co-organizers.

Ugra and the Tomsk Oblast have largely matching key priorities in socio-economic development:  fuel and energy sector, science and education, and small business.  The Tomsk Oblast managed to achieve significant success in the sphere of information technology development.  The share of companies in the information technology industry in the gross product of the Tomsk Oblast exceeds 14%.  Annual incremental growth of start-ups and small businesses is 10-15%.  These achievements are a consequence of the powerful potential of the Oblast’s higher education establishments (HEUs).  6 state-owned HEUs operate in Tomsk, including Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), one of Russia’s leading HEUs training specialists in radioelectronics, information security, electronic and computing equipment, programming, automation and control systems, information technolgies.  The Surgut Branch of TUSUR operates in Ugra.

The Tomsk Oblast and Ugra have already gained a convincing experience of cooperation in the informatization sector.  The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Department for Information Technologies and the Department for Information Society Development of the Tomsk Oblast Administration have signed an agreement on joint execution of several projects.  

The Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra and Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University carry out joint work and exchange experience in various areas including development of information and telecommunication technologies, education, power engineering and energy saving, and in other areas within the scope of the cooperation agreement signed in 2013.


The work of the Forum will be supported by

-                   Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation

-                   Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation

-                   Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

-                   Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

-                   Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

-                   Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

-                   Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO

State authorities of the Russian Federation, of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, international and Russian organizations, non-governmental associations, and establishments of any forms of ownership which support the goals and objectives of the Forum participate, on a shared basis, in its funding, organization, and running as agreed upon with the Forum organizers.

Support of the Forum on behalf of federal ministries and agencies may be expressed in hosting the events of all-Russia level (collegiums, board meetings, etc.) in the course of the Forum to discuss up-to-date issues of informatization in relevant areas of activity, spreading information about participation opportunities across regions, etc.


Methodology provisions of the IT Forum

Holding the IT Forum takes into account the modern political and economical situation in the world, the inherent growth of competitiveness and import substitution development in BRICS and SCO countries.  

Holding the IT Forum follows the comprehensive methodology of a strategic congress.  The comprehensive approach will make it possible, by following a certain pattern, to articulate a common and interrelated set of events including welcoming remarks, plenary discussion, panel discussions, sessions, strategy meetings, round table sessions, master classes, problem groups, expert networking procedures.  

A constructive integration of the results of the IT Forum events will be assured in the format of the Ugra Declaration of the Forum.


Program purpose modules:  Strategic and Communication & Project


  1. I.                  Strategic module

The main goal of the module is for the Forum participants to build an understanding of specific actions taken by the authorities to achieve strategic targets both currently and in the mid- and long term.  The module will be focused on the most relevant areas of state policies of BRICS and SCO countries in the IT sector.  

Subject areas of the module:

-                   Electronic government (E-Government);

-                   Information systems in strategic and spatial planning, urban development;

-                   Import substitution in the IT sector;

-                   IT in healthcare;

-                   IT in education;

-                   IT in culture;

-                   IT in subsoil usage;

-                   Practical usage of space activity results for development of state and regions;

-                   Innovation and investment technologies in IT business development;

-                   Security systems.


Recommended issues by subject area

E-Government:  Regional ‘Smart Government’

-           E-Government development models:  Mobile, Smart, Intellectual, Cognitive.

-           regional informatization development monitoring system.

-           state and municipal information systems.

-           provision of state and municipal services in electronic form.  

-           distribution of powers for provision of state and municipal services between governance levels.

-           E-Democracy, open data.

-           information law issues.


Information systems for strategic and spatial planning:  creation and upgrading

-           analytic technologies of territory development planning, urban development taking into account registration of properties and legal ownership.

-           creating a federal strategic planning information system by governance level, forecasting, and programming.

-           upgrading the federal state spatial planning information system applying import substituting software.

-           interaction between information systems of federal executive authorities, regional and municipal information system for the purpose of building a 3-level system of information support for urban planning activities.

-           automated integrated assessment of strategic and spatial planning documents quality identifying contradictions in documents of different governance level, in text and map parts of the documents, as well as taking into account state programs, investment programs, development programs for enterprises in housing & utilities sector, urban planning design standards.

-           expert analytic provision for strategic and spatial planning documents quality assessment.

-           spatial data processing, working with map documents in multi-scale mode (in vector data model).


Import substitution in the IT sector:  software competitiveness

-           competitiveness of the import-substituting IT products on global markets.

-           building favourable conditions for development of competitive software by BRICS and SCO countries.

-           import-substituting sector development, including by way of building public-private partnerships.

-           IT products for provision of preferences in the course of government-funded procurement:  business applications, antivirus software, information security software, Internet services;

-           team development of competitive software in market segments:  operating systems, database management systems, cloud services, 3D, visual analytics, office software, etc.

-           production of competitive socially oriented software.

-           approaches and IT provisions for software competitiveness.


IT in healthcare:  telemedicine

-           growing quality of public healthcare services based on applying international standards.

-           compatibility of national telemedicine systems as a means of enhancing quality of medical aid and social services.

-           Compatible Integrated Telemedicine Systems In BRICS Countries’ Regions – a project to be submitted to BRICS Development Bank.  

-           advanced IT in healthcare and coordination of the efforts of BRICS and SCO countries in preparation and execution of joint telemedicine projects.

-           harmonization of legal frameworks for interfacing between compatible regional and national telemedicine systems.

-           telemedicine systems for administering medical aid in case of mass injuries amongst population in emergencies.

-           telemedicine systems in home and personal telemedicine.

-           provision of telemedicine support to elderly and disabled people.

-           assistance to informatization of ambulance operations.

-           information security of telemedicine systems.


IT in education:  Foresight 2020

-           providing all citizens with equal learning opportunities with IT application.

-           mobile technologies, mass open online courses, BRICS and SCO countries' network university.

-           ICT competency, enhancing citizens’ media and computer literacy.

-           cluster approaches to organization of education-science-production networks.

-           training managers and specialists in working with science-intensive IT including situation centres.

-           distance, multimedia, and cognitive technologies, virtual reality support media in education.

-           Teachers' social networks, registers, and portals, especially for rural schools and schools in remote and hard-to-reach areas.  

-           attract IT education specialists to regions.

-           adapting IT education standards taking into account the changing demands of the socium and actual practice.


IT in culture:  preservation and development

-           assistance to socio-cultural transformations, development of linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace.

-           multimedia technologies in the process of museum heritage presentation, creation and operation of virtual museums, libraries, concert halls.

-           Automated and corporate systems and technologies of cultural establishments, mobile culture technologies.  

-           participation in creation and execution of state programs for electronic information preservation.

-           development of centres for conversion of library and museum stock to electronic format, implementation of electronic catalogues, access to cultural heritage databases.

-           ensuring generation of augmented reality of museum expositions and stage space, 3D technologies in scenography.

-           ensuring development of electronic educational services in the sphere of culture (electronic textbooks, phono-readers, educational organizations’ portals, informative game applications).


IT in subsoil usage:  regulation

-           IT in mineral raw material resource usage regulation processes.

-           technologies for computer modelling of hydrocarbon systems and basins for the purpose of appraising the resource potential of oil source oil and gas producing formations, supporting unconventional oil production.

-           visual analytics in subsoil research tasks, including the use of databases containing subsoil usage data.

-           solving reverse tasks related to subsoil studies using supercomputers.

-           scheduled and forecasted appraisal models in subsoil usage management in spatial planning.

-           building a strategy for socio-economic development of resource regions.

-           research and computer modelling of seismic anisotropy of Earth crust in resource regions.

-           localization of hydrocarbon traps and deposit by seismic indicators.

-           forecasting presence of oil and gas using different data including polyzonal satellite images.


Practical usage of space activity results for development of state and regions:  IT solutions.

-           using space activity results.

-           regional and industrial geoinformation systems and geoportals, spatial data infrastructures.

-           analytic transport monitoring toolsets using global satellite navigation systems.

-           improving regional and federal regulatory legal framework taking into account the experience of practical application of space activity results.  

-           executive personnel information and training system for using fixed and mobile objects monitoring technologies as well as geoinformation systems.

-           innovative activities in Remote Earth Sensing data processing and analysis and transport monitoring using global satellite navigation systems.

-           Remote Earth Sensing and establishing equality of regions in access to data resources.


Innovation and investment technologies in IT business development:  trend identification

-           establishing joint venture IT start-up support funds within the framework of BRICS and SCO countries’ regions.

-           modern state and outlook for cellular communications development.

-           competitive environment on industry markets including small and medium science-intensive IT business development.  

-           fixed and mobile personal civilian purpose information processing devices for BRICS and SCO countries.

-           competitiveness of IT products on global markets.

-           data processing centres for implementation and development of cloud technologies.

-           development of bid security institute, including intellectual property-based, for risked investment in innovative IT projects.


Security systems:  completeness of vital functions

-           ensuring life safety for the population, protection of public order, IT-based emergency prevention and response.

-           enhancing security of urban infrastructure on the basis of creation of information systems for combating illegal industrial product trafficking.

-           systems for calling emergency operations services including managerial bodies, institutional provisions, agreements and regulations for information interfacing.

-           interfacing of the system for provision of calling emergency operating services with other life safety assurance and public order protection systems such as Safe Region, Safe City, as well as navigation information systems.

-           managing operating teams from the sites of emergency occurrence using mobile videoconferencing sets using satellite communication channels.


  1. II.              Communication & Project module

The main goal of the module is to build horizontal and vertical links between Forum participants:

Events of the module:

-           specialist exhibition: Information Technologies Industry For Public Administration;

-           welcoming remarks, plenary discussion, panel discussions on subject areas, sessions, strategy meetings, round table sessions, master classes, problem groups, expert networking procedures;

-           presentations of Russian and international hard- and software producers providing new solutions.

The following supplementary events will take place within the scope of the IT In Culture area:

-           IT presentation in the State Library of Ugra;

-           photography exposition on Ugra’s oil history;

-           presentation of the program to train children in multimedia creation;

-           IT tours in the Link of Times exposition;

-           presentation of The Mammoth Hunt multimedia project, etc.


As a deliverable of the Forum, the Ugra Declaration of the 7th IT Forum will be adopted, business agreements signed, plan for implementation of the Forum resolutions developed.

A relevant appeal to BRICS and SCO countries’ governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, professional associations and establishments of education, healthcare, science, culture, social institutes, mass media, networking associations, representatives of public, commercial, and non-commercial sectors and the industry will be prepared.