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Information & Computer Technologies Industry Association (APKIT)

Brief info (English version)

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Since its inception at the start of the 1990s, the Russian information technologies (IT) market has been consistently growing at a swift rate, gaining ever greater credence on the domestic scene and in the world. The exponential growth of the IT industry is critical to Russia, helping the Russian economy to be weaned off its dependence on hydrocarbons.

Right up to the crisis of 2008–2009, the IT market volume in Russia had been growing at an annual rate of 15–20%, which far exceeded the global average. Today, growth has slowed. According to the Russian Ministry for IT and Communications, in 2010 the volume of the IT market in Russia grew by 14% and amounted to 565.8 billion rubles (The Ministry for Economic Development, while agreeing with the absolute figure, considers that the inflation-adjusted growth was only 3.7%). According to the ministry’s optimistic forecasts, the growth of the IT market should amount to 14.6% in 2011, and 15.8% in 2012. The Ministry for IT and Communications predicts that for 2013 the volume of the IT market will be equal to 887 billion rubles.

Of the overall Russian IT market hardware contributes 50–55%, software 20–25%, and IT services 20–30%. According to Gartner, in 2010 11 million PCs were sold. Most of these (67.8%) were mobile units. According to the Russian Ministry for IT and Communications, PC ownership in the country has reached approximately 62 million units, of which 3/4 have an Internet connection. The number of Internet users increased to 47% of the population.

The history of establishment

The dynamic advances of Russia’s information technologies industry demanded the establishment of an organization that would act as advocate for the industry’s interests. In the fall of 2001, leading IT-companies agreed to establish a non-profit Information & Computer Technologies Industry Association (“AP KIT”).

The companies who cooperated to form this advocacy organization include the following: 1C, Aquarius, Cognitive Technologies, DPI, ELST, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, iTeco, Kraftway Computers, Microsoft, Oracle, R-Style, TopS, Verysell, Xerox, ASK, ACSIT, White Wind, DialogNauka, IVK, Interface, Kaspersky Laboratory, Lanit, Marvel, NAMIP, Pirit, et cetera.

In terms of its membership, AP KIT is the most representative noncommercial association in the Russian IT Industry. Association members have earned acclaim as leading Russian and international businesses, distributors, system integrators, vendors and developers. By many accounts, AP KIT members control up to 70% of the official market.

AP KIT unites associations representing individual market segments as well as regional unions. Among the AP KIT members are subindustry and niche associations APEAP (Association of Electronic Apparatus and Device Makers), ARPP Domestic Software (Association of Software Developers), NP MOOP YaRD, NP PPP (Noncommercial Partnership of Software Product Suppliers), RUSSOFT Noncommercial Partnership and regional associations AKCIT (Southern Russia Digital and Information Technology Companies Association) and RASPO (Russian Association of Free Software).

A mouthpiece for IT industry interests, AP KIT defends them with the major public associations. It is a member of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and WITSA and cooperates with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, OPORA (Russian Non-governmental Association of Small and Medium-size Businesses), AMR (Association of Managers), the Institute of Contemporary Development, RATEK (Electronic Appliance and Computer Distributors and Producers Association), BITKOM and ICC. AP KIT representatives sit on expert and advisory boards at the Russian State Duma, government commissions, ministries and departments (Ministry for IT and Communications, Ministry for Economic Development, Ministry for Education and Science, Ministry for Industry and Trade, Ministry for Culture and Mass Communications, Federal Customs Service, and the Federal Antimonopoly Service).

Uniting the industry elite, AP KIT forms a system of values, improves mechanisms of interaction within the industry and works to build an open, civilized market as a safeguard of IT business stability.

Goals and Objectives

The Association concentrates efforts of individual companies into consolidated opinion of the branch through negotiations with public authorities. The Association defends the interests of the IT branch and favours the expansion of the market. This is a collaborative effort with the government authorities and a mechanism for interaction within the IT. It`s a coordinated actions aimed to expand and develop IT market.

Charter of the Association gives a more accurate picture of these objectives:

  • To protect and represent interests of members of the Association, working in the IT;
  • To advocate with representative and executive branches of the Russian Federation`s issues of legal, economic and social policy development in line with professional interests of the Association members and to promote its implementation;
  • To act against monopoly and unfair competition in IT;
  • To assist IT companies` development and to build civilized market relations in Russia;
  • To assist in creating favourable financial and economic conditions for members of the Association;
  • To represent the interests of the Association members in International Organizations;
  • To coordinate entrepreneurial activity of its members, to represent and protect their common property interests.

Association`s top priorities
(based on members opinion poll)

  • Public and private sector interaction;
  • Standards and certification;
  • IT education & training;
  • Customs regulations;
  • International activities and investments;
  • Protection of intellectual property;
  • IT advocacy issues;
  • Interaction within the industry.

Committees

Established committees:

  • Copyright & Intellectual property protection;
    Chairman – Dmitry Sokolov (NP PPP)
  • Education issues and training in IT;
    Chairman – Boris Nuraliev (1С)
  • International issues, strategy and investments;
    Chairman – Christo Karakaschev  (Verysell)
  • Legislation
    Chairman – vacancy
  • Software development and export;
    Chairman – Valentin Makarov (Russoft)
  • Regional policy.
    Chairman – Valeriy Borduje (Business Computer Group);
  • Analysis of the IT-market development
    Chairman – Kirill Korniliev (IBM)
  • Information safety;
    Chairman – Alexander Sokolov (SCAT Lab)
  • IT company property protection committee
    Chairman – Sergey Tsibakov (KiS)

  • There are working groups, functioning for the solution of wide range of  questions.


For further information, please, contact us in Moscow:

p.o. box 626 101000 Russia Moscow
phones +7 (495) 739-8928
e-mail: info@apkit.ru