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Joint session of the State Council and the Presidential Council for the Development of an Information Society in the Russian Federation

December 23, 2009, The Kremlin, Moscow

Dmitry Medvedev held a joint session of the State Council and the Council for the Development of the Information Society.

Electronic provision of all state services must be ensured by 2015, in accordance with the Information Society Development Strategy, the President said in his opening remarks at the meeting.

Mr Medvedev outlined the key tasks that must be resolved in the immediate future. They include setting common policy for electronic provision of services for all agencies and regions; developing the legal and regulatory framework in this area; reducing the digital gap between the different regions; and training qualified IT personnel for public sector and government institutions.

The President said that efforts should focus particularly on getting medical, social and other public sector institutions connected to the internet, noting that all of the country’s schools have already been connected.

Mr Medvedev gave instructions to the regional authorities and proposed that the extent of information technology use be applied as one of the indicators for measuring the effectiveness of their work.

December 23, 2009, The Kremlin, Moscow