The EEC Member of the Board — Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information and Communication Technologies Karine Minasyan spoke about the expected effects from the “digitalization” of the economies of the EAEU countries at the ICT international Forum TIBO held in Minsk on April 17.
In her speech at the plenary discussion “The strategy of digital transformation”, Karine Minasyan noted that subject to launch and implementation of joint and national breakthrough design and regulatory initiatives in the EAEU, the share of digital economy in the GDP of the Union countries can make not less than 30%, the annual contribution of the digital economy in the GDP growth – not less than 30%, and about half of the working population will be engaged in the digital economy. Moreover, the “digitalization” can provide at least 30% of performance growth in priority areas and common markets, the share of exported digital goods and services, as well as exported traditional goods and services via digital channels in the total exports can be not less than 20%.
“These figures are the minimum level that we must reach up to 2025. Hopefully, during the discussion the countries will jointly agree on more ambitious transformation targets,” stressed the EEC Minister. “The only possible way to keep up with the time is to engage in digital transformation, now and in the project mode.”
The key directions of the digital agenda are digital transformation of economic sectors and cross-sectoral transformation, development of digital infrastructure and security, digital transformation of markets for goods and services, capital and labour, management and integration processes.
The main directions are designed taking into account further deepening of economic integration and the need to improve competitiveness of the economies of the Union States.
The plenary discussion was attended by representatives of the Member States of the Eastern Partnership: Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia, China, and others. As well as experts from international organizations: the European Commission, the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communication, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Eurasian Economic Commission, etc.
Digital transformation is one of the main priorities of the Commission in 2017.
On December 26, 2016, within the framework of the regular meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union, heads of the Member States signed a Declaration on the Digital Agenda of the EAEU that outlines objectives and mechanisms of implementation of the digital agenda. The decision On Formation of the Digital Agenda of the EAEU was also endorsed whereby governments of the Union countries jointly with the Eurasian Economic Commission were instructed to elaborate guidelines for implementation of the digital agenda of the EAEU until 2025 and submit them for the consideration of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council until December 1, 2017.
The Decision of the Intergovernmental Council of the EAEU dated March 7, 2017 established creation of the high-level working group on elaboration of the main directions for the implementation of the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union until 2025, headed by the Chairman of the EEC Board Tigran Sargsyan and involving “digital” Ministers of the Union countries.