"The most promising developments in RFOSS must be selected and then we must focus on them." -- Igor Shchegolev, head of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications

On February 25th, 2009 the principal of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications met with representatives of Russian Free and Open Source Software (RFOSS) development companies, including VDEL, at the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss concrete steps that can be taken by the state to support the RFOSS development process.

Igor Shchegolev, head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications, declared that the focus must be on the areas of RFOSS with the highest potential. Addressing the RFOSS representatives he noted that with today's rapid world development of free and open source software, Russia must make the best use of its capabilities in this field. According to him, "the most promising developments in RFOSS must be selected and then we must focus on them."

Shchegolev also stated that there should be national centers of competence that would attract foreign developers as well as promote the movement of domestic talent to the world market.


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