The IT Committee brings together AmCham member companies involved in the IT and telecommunications sector and holds monthly meetings covering a wide range of issues, including advanced approaches to IT management and development. As a result of the IT boom in St Petersburg, the Committee is focusing on the labor market and education of IT specialists. It seeks to improve cooperation between IT companies and local universities. One of the latest initiatives has turned into a large-scale IT Academy project that was developed and is being implemented by AmCham member companies. The Committee is also plays an active role in the establishment of an IT cluster in St Petersburg, submitting suggestions on the cluster’s development to city authorities on a regular basis. Committee members have conducted several legal reviews focused on improving the business climate in the industry and the innovation climate in Russia overall. In general, the Committee’s suggestions for getting Russia on a path of greater innovation and modernization, submitted to federal and local authorities, are being used as a basis for cooperation and advocacy at different government levels.
Grigory Labzovsky, Oracle E-mail: Grigori.Labzovsky@oracle.com Victor Naumov, Dentons E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org