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Maksim Oreshkin: Russia and Japan Should Be Proactive In Digital Economy Cooperation

07.09.17

Maxim Oreshkin, Russian Minister of Economic Development, and Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, held talks at the Eastern Economic Forum.

Russia and Japan will cooperate in the realm of digital economy, stimulate technology development, including in digital infrastructure security and energy.

The agreement covering these issues was signed at the Eastern Economic Forum by Maxim Oreshkin, head of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, and Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, who is responsible for Japan-Russia economic relationships.

The ministers agreed to cooperate in a variety of areas. In particular, Russia and Japan will exchange information on national digital economy initiatives and programs such as Russian Digital Economy program and Japan’s Society 5.0.

"The Parties agreed on the goals of cooperation such as the development of a stable, reliable and secure digital infrastructure to bridge the digital divide, increase performance and develop human resources," the agreement says. Russia and Japan will also expand business-to-business interactions in digital economy, ensure a seamless information flow and share government policy best practices in the realm of digital economy.

They will, inter alia, advance digital economy cooperation in healthcare, including telemedicine, urban development, small and medium business, energy resources, including renewable energy sources and oil & gas digitalization, and industry. Amongst the next-gen technologies, they will enhance innovations such as cloud computing, IoT, big data, open data, and AI.  

Maxim Oreshkin and Hiroshige Seko have also signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the best practice exchange in increasing labor productivity proving that it contributes significantly to the social and economic development in both countries. The document covers the best practice exchange in increasing labor productivity including the exchange of information on companies that demonstrate high labor productivity.

The government policy practices in the field are planned to be exchanged including at the regional level. Issues of increasing labor productivity will be regularly discussed within the framework of the Russian-Japanese high-level working group for implementation of the Cooperation Roadmap.

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