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Alexander Subbotin: “An integrated real economy digitalization system has been created in the EAEU”

Alexander Subbotin: “An integrated real economy digitalization system has been created in the EAEU”


Digital transformation will become the main driving force of technological development for the economies of the Eurasian Economic Union countries. This will ensure that the Union’s national economies are included in global value chains,” – declared Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on November 7 in New York at the annual meeting of the American-Russian Business Council.

The EEC Minister told about the main directions of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) activities aimed at the transition to the digital economy.

In particular, he stated that the EAEU countries could find their place in the sphere of additive production. For instance, the production of optical laser systems has been established in Belarus, and a number of pilot industrial enterprises have been launched in Russia to create 3D printing equipment. 

“Thanks to using the advantages of industrial cooperation, and the best practices of leading world manufacturers, such as the USA and China, we will be able to get the share in the global volume of additive production,” – Alexander Subbotin said with confidence.

By using joint competencies of the EAEU countries, the Commission introduces a new format of cooperation, which is the Eurasian Network of Industrial Cooperation, Subcontracting and Technology Transfer. The network will enable enterprises to engage small and medium-sized businesses, introduce advanced solutions into production, and have direct access to technology developers and partners to carry out joint R&Ds.

“The pilot electronic trading platform that we created in 2017 performs well. The average monthly trading volume is about $1.5 bln. Foreign businesses, in particular, entrepreneurs from Singapore, are already involved in the system,” – the minister stated.

Another successful example of the cooperation projects is the implementation of the Safe City system in Kyrgyzstan. The cameras on the roads of Bishkek were installed by the Russian company “Vega”. Since the project was implemented, the number of traffic violations has been reduced by 50%, and the number of accidents has halved.

Another important area of industrial digitalization of the EAEU countries is the production of unmanned vehicles. One of the recently completed projects is a KamAZ robotic tractor. The Russian company “VIST Group” equipped the unmanned vehicle with a complex of autonomous movement systems, while Kazakh developers from Nazarbayev University added a computer vision system.

“Our ultimate goal is to create flexible solutions that are best adapted to our sales markets, taking into account the technological and financial capabilities of our trading partners. Our unmanned vehicles must work flawlessly in any environment, regardless of whether cellular or GPS signal is available,” – emphasized Alexander Subbotin.

The next direction is product traceability. The first step was the adoption of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union and the introduction of electronic declaration. In the future, agricultural products traceability system will be created. At the end of last year, the electronic veterinary certification systems of Russia and Belarus were already united. This will allow tracking the movement of livestock products “from field to counter” and will help reduce the share of illegal food on the market.

“In the Eurasian Economic Union, we have created an integrated system for digitalization of the real economy, – summed up Alexander Subbotin. – This will allow us to bring the production facilities of our countries to a brand new modern level in the foreseeable future. We also understand that the role of digital technologies in national economies will only increase, therefore we are determined to continue our development and are ready to deepen both domestic and international cooperation in this direction.”