Tunis, Tunisa - November 16-18, 2005
MERA took part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Tunisia on November 16th through 18th, with more than 16,000 delegates from 176 countries meeting in Tunis to focus on forging strategies to improve the accessibility and affordability of information and communication technologies.
Within the framework of this exceptional and memorable event, Dr. Konstantin Nikashov, Vice President for Business Development, MERA, was invited to speak at the "Security, Trust and Effectiveness in Using Infocommunications" Seminar, which was held on November 18th.
The seminar offered the international community a unique chance to meet Russian IT and Telecom Industry leaders, learn about the progress and the international initiatives of the Russian technology businesses and extend beneficial collaboration with Russia.
A dynamic and thought provoking speaker, Dr. Nikashov delivered a report on "Russian Experience in Offshore Programming" to foster a better understanding of the opportunities that the Russian IT Industry is currently offering to global business in the sphere of IT outsourcing.
The speaker laid a special emphasis on one of these opportunities - research and development outsourcing. Dr. Nikashov analyzed the technological achievements that have had most significant impact on outsourcing business model in the recent years. Russia has become an attractive destination for outsourcing because of the unique mix of the high standards of its university education, economic environment and geographical position. This combination allows Russian technology businesses to offer a much wider range of services in comparison with traditional IT companies around the world.
Dr. Nikashov gave a detailed overview of the Russian ITO market differentiators including the recent RF government initiatives aimed to boost the Russian IT Industry competitiveness. Furthermore, as a case study, he described the business of MERA Group - a largest outsourcing company in the Volga region of Russia. In conclusion, he discussed a number of possible scenarios of further IT services development in Russia and the role of info-communications in this process.
About World Summit on the Information Society
The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase will take place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
While gathering representation from governments at the highest level, WSIS also has attracted participation of all relevant UN bodies and other international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, civil society, and media to establish a truly multi-stakeholder process.