Experiences from Moscow in digital transformation

Ilya Podorvanov is Business Manager for Africa at JSC Rosinfocominvest in Moscow Russia. He is responsible for Russia-Africa cooperation for National digital programs. He is experienced in smart city solutions / smart nation solutions, e-government solutions - digital education / educational programs, international funding in G2G, B2G national digital programs. We chat about his work, experiences from Moscow, his new vision and worst nightmare for future cities.

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Key Takeaways

JSC Rosinfocominvest in Africa

  • Russia has developed e-Government and Smart City technologies on an advanced level.
  • They currently work in South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
  • They experience a high interest in 4g and 5g technologies. It’s a core technology for developing IOT and Smart City solutions.

Covid-19 impacts

  • Many innovation projects stopped especially in industries such an electricity, Oil & gas, nuclear.
  • Telecommunications, digital education, digital healthcare big interest for technologies to improve business processes.

Experiences from Moscow

  • The need for transparency of communication between the needs of citizen and the government.
  • Eliminating red tape.
  • e-Government and digital citizen technologies Moscow has 1 app to pay taxes, make a doctor’s appointment and more.

Challenges African cities must overcome

  • African cities are unique
  • We will see a new generation of people who understand that we can collaborate remotely

The end of rapid urbanization?

  • Urbanisation is a complex movement
  • There are many innovations happening at this moment

Ilya’s new vision and worst nightmare for future cities

  • His vision of what cities will look like has totally changed from before the pandemic
  • We are already in a future world. It’s a tough but interesting time.
  • It’s tricky for an ordinary worker to change his/her qualification overnight to a more digital one.
  • His worst nightmare is unemployment


About Ilya Podorvanov and JSC Rosinfocominvest


Ilya Podorvanov is Business Manager for Africa at JSC Rosinfocominvest in Moscow Russia. He is responsible for Russia-Africa cooperation for National digital programs. He is experienced in smart city solutions / smart nation solutions, e-government solutions - digital education / educational programs, international funding in G2G, B2G national digital programs.

JSC Rosinfocominvest was founded by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.
Investment size: 50M-150M RUB.
Competitive edge:  Market-oriented approach in synergy with capabilities of the state-owned fund.
Focus: Help companies to move quickly from the product to the scalable business.
Strategic priorities: B2B sector, “Smart money”, 50%-co-investments, growth-stage (Round A and B).
Areas of investments: Energy, Manufacturing, Finance, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, Education, Healthcare, Transportation.

Web: http://www.rosinfocominvest.ru/en/

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