MOSCOW – June 25, 2013 – Following the meeting between Rustam Minnikhanov, the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Cisco Vice President Andy Macdonald at the third Annual Investment Meeting, Cisco and the Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan JSC have signed a memorandum of understanding.
The document envisages the development of an ICT master plan for the innovative Kazan Smart City, the capital of Tatarstan, one of the leading republics of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District. The main purpose of the initiative is to build a smart, socially attractive modern city that will stimulate the economic development of the entire region. In planning the Kazan Smart City, special attention is paid to solutions raising the efficiency of city management and optimizing the deployment and delivery of new end-user services. Cisco implements its Smart+Connected Communities™ strategy in many countries, including India, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. A workgroup will be set up to study Cisco's experience and projects in the area.
Cooperation between Cisco and the Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan includes interaction in such areas as electronic government, education, health care (telemedicine) and commerce. Joint IT projects will be designed and implemented at universities and secondary professional schools of Tatarstan. The parties also plan to implement a number of initiatives aimed at training skilled IT professionals and developing technological entrepreneurship through the Cisco Networking Academy® and the Cisco® Entrepreneur Institute. Cisco and the Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan will also collaborate in research and development.
In general, the bilateral cooperation will be focused on developing IT industry in Tatarstan. With that purpose in mind the parties will discuss modernizing the information and telecommunications infrastructure of the projects pursued by the Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan and elaborate joint programs with the use of advanced technological solutions.
In the framework of MoU, the companies will exchange experiences, offer each other methodological assistance and consultations, and carry out workshops focusing on the implementation and usage of international best practices in ICT.
Rustam Minnikhanov, president, Republic of Tatarstan:
"The Kazan Smart City project should become a showcase for the republic. In this large-scale project we intend to provide investors with everything that is required to pursue business in a comfortable way. Tatarstan is ready to continue active partnership with Cisco in the area of building intelligent infrastructure for such projects as Kazan Smart City and Innopolis (an innovative satellite township)."
Andy Macdonald, vice president, Cisco:
"When designing new cities, special attention is devoted to advanced solutions that would differentiate new cities from traditional ones. Today, smart technologies are embracing all industries, including health care, education, and tourism. They are becoming one of the key factors that make projects more attractive to international investors."
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About Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan
The Development Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan was set up on August 14, 2012 to interact with foreign investors and building appropriate infrastructure and favorable conditions for real estate investment projects. The corporation was established on the initiative of the Agency of Investment Development of the Republic of Tatarstan as part of the set of measures aimed at improving the investment climate in the republic. The key project for the company at the moment is Kazan Smart City which focuses on building a satellite city based on state-of-the-art technologies and solutions.
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