Gorbachev Stumps for Outsourcing in Russia

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2005-04-18 Print this article Print

Russian society is ready to make a breakthrough.

Russian society is ready to make a breakthrough. The high level of education and the potential of our science enable us to take our place in the post-industrial economy," former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev told a gathering of some 1,000 at the Massachusetts Software Council meeting in Boston last week.

Gorbachev came down firmly on the side of outsourcing in the former Soviet Union republics of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. He noted that those three countries had nearly $1 billion worth of IT exports last year.

"We are following India closely. India today is the leader. So we will support outsourcing," said Gorbachev, citing new technology parks that are being constructed in the Russian cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow to accommodate the expanding industry.

Gorbachev also said that a union of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan could provide a competitor—or a partner—to the European Union and the United States because those countries constitute approximately 80 percent of the economic power of the former Soviet Union.

Gorbachev stressed, however, that worldwide inequality resulting from IT-generated prosperity, if not addressed, could derail international progress.

"If information technologies just work for the benefit of developed countries while the rest of the world continues to live in a predeveloped era—this is not the way to go," Gorbachev said.

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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