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Digital Transformation a Prominent Discussion Topic at Russia–Africa Forum

Digitalization is an integral component of the modern world. The transition to e-documentation could significantly simplify most processes. Online interaction with the public makes the majority of public services more accessible, not to mention improvements in production efficiency and people’s overall quality of life through the introduction of digital technologies. The session ‘Digital Transformation as a Driver of State Development’ is one of the most interesting themes at the Russia–Africa Forum since developing modern technologies makes it possible to take a bold step into the future, both in the economy and in the social sector.

The session, which will take place on 23 October as part of the ‘Forging Economic Ties’ pillar of the business programme, will be moderated by Smart Cities NGO President Andrey Belozerov. The discussion will be attended by Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov, CEO of the Economic Development Board of the Republic of Mauritius Francois Guibert, Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy of the Republic of the Congo Leon Juste Ibombo. Deputy Director General for Special Projects at Voskhod Scientific Research Institute Yevgeny Radashkevich, Yandex. Managing Director Tigran Khudaverdyan, and InfoWatch Group President Natalia Kasperskaya will share Russia’s experience on this issue.

It is hard to imagine a part of life that is not affected by digitalization today. At the state level, it is an effective way to simplify communication with citizens. “An effective e-government makes it possible to accelerate the process of obtaining public services both by simplifying communication between citizens and the state and by building an effective system of interagency e-collaboration”, Noskov said. “It should result in an increase in satisfaction levels among consumers of public services and significant savings”.

However, the transition to digital technology requires an optimal balance of the quality of services and costs. Digitalization turns homes, factories, and entire cities into smart systems, enhances the efficiency of all processes, and creates a convenient and safe living environment. Attracting high-level specialists makes it possible to work on the process of transitioning to modern technologies in a fast and optimal manner while taking into account all the expectations and requirements of the modern world.

The Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum will take place on 23–24 October in Sochi at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. The events are being organized by the Roscongress Foundation, and the co-organizers of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum are Russian Export Center and Afreximbank.

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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 206 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by more than 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 94 countries worldwide.

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