Mayor Receives Digital Region Award

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has received the Digital Summit Award in the Digital Region category. The award organizers noted that Moscow was ranked at the top of the world’s smart cities.

The city is developing its infrastructure to the benefit of Muscovites and businesses. The digital technology sector brings some 600 billion roubles into the Moscow budget annually, said Sobyanin at the panel discussion held during the finals of the Digital Summit Award competition.

“The city boasts one of the cheapest and fastest internet connections in the world and probably the most extensive free Wi-Fi coverage. In implementing its projects, business has been making use of the huge datasets provided by the Moscow Government. The digital technology sector – that includes many companies in Moscow – employs a total of about 300,000 people. In my estimation, the sector contributes about 600 billion roubles to the city’s economy. This sector cannot thrive in a non-people-friendly city,” noted Sobyanin.

According to the mayor, it is not only IT structure but also a liveable urban infrastructure that is important as a prerequisite for advancing new technologies, including the IT sector.

“In today’s world, information technology is not just a trend but a way of life that we can’t imagine ourselves without, and so to be seen and noticed and to be able to work, we need to engage in information technologies,” emphasized Sobyanin.

The Digital Summit is the first national IT award promoting leading domestic solutions. The competition involves Russian developers of IT tools for enhancing the efficiency of business and government agencies as well as personal efficiency.