Sergei Sobyanin: the winner is the one who introduces cutting-edge technology

October 1, 2019
City administration

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government

The discussion panel 'How to ensure sustainable development in the Disrupt era: management and tech solutions', held within the XXIII INCOSAI, was about public administration, IT introduction and digitalisation. Sergei Sobyanin attended the event and spoke about his vision of the sustainable development principles.

'The major challenge of our time is a change rate. So, in the competitive world struggle (with all of us living in a competitive environment), only those win who promptly come to terms with the modern world and introduce cutting-edge technology,' said Moscow Mayor.

According to Mr Sobyanin, to achieve sustainable development in the modern world, we have to deal with daily focusing on results, political courage in decision-making and breaking down stereotypes as the most important issues.

'We must amend the laws and functions, developed decision-making schemes, and abandon many middle-of-the-road decisions. This requires commitment, courage and innovation. Without coming to terms with this challenge of our time, we will be desperately legging behind,' Sergei Sobyanin added.

Photo by the Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government. Maxim Mishin

According to the President, Chairman of the Board of  Sberbank of Russia PJSC  German Gref, the major problem of public administration is that it has not changed at all in all four industrial revolutions.

'Now, we are in a strong need for the first revolution of public administration,' said German Gref. 'It is necessary to change the existing processes, process management, to expand the range of officials to deal with changes, project management and put innovations into practice.'

At the same time, as Sergei Sobyanin noted, the widespread IT penetration in the public administration system does not always help to achieve the targets. In order for digitalisation to give impetus to development, first we must change the management technologies.

'Moscow is a world leader in the field of electronic public services according to the United Nations, but if we started digitalising this process taking the old management structures and the old regulations as a basis, we would have failed. These are the things we had to change first: interaction among federal, regional, local management systems, terms of servicing, elimination of supplementary certificates, applications, etc. A vast initial stage volume of work is underway now, we have been developing the layer to be further digitised,' Moscow Mayor said.

Thus, the development of the electronic services system allows Muscovites to obtain the necessary documents online, in a prompt and convenient way. Cutting-edge IT are in demand in the management of Moscow  traffic flows and in the work of law enforcement agencies. Also, they have been successfully applied in the education field.

'The e-education system assumes the possibility of access to quality educational services, regardless of your place of residence, location and the school you study at. In particular, Moscow E-School and its educational portals are open today both for all Moscow schools, and for all schools in Russia and around the world. From any place of the world, you are free to get high-quality lesson plans, and the best textbooks from the best Moscow teachers,' said Sergei Sobyanin.

According to Mr Sobyanin, information technology enables equal access to social services. So, thanks to the creation of a Unified Medical Information and Analytical System and the telemedicine development, a large number of people now have access to high-quality medical care. Moscow residents can use Our City portal to interact with the authorities and influence Moscow's development.

XXIII INCOSAI is attended by economists, public administration and social field experts, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Moscow has welcomed delegations from 169 countries.

INTOSAI is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1953. It unites the Supreme Audit Institutions of the UN countries.


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