Board of Russian Railways approves comprehensive programme for innovative development
The Board of Directors at Russian Railways considered and approved a Comprehensive
Programme of Innovative Development at the RZD Holding from 2016 to 2020.
The document was approved on 31 March 2016 and drawn up in accordance with a request
from the Russian Government to further elaborate the previously existing innovative
development programme of Russian Railways for 2010-2015.
"The previous programme of innovative development was mainly technological in nature,
but the new one includes a full range of innovations which take into account how efficiently
they are introduced," said Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways, as he opened
the Board meeting.
According to Belozerov, the events envisaged in the updated programme aim at solving
the main problems: the creation of highly productive jobs, increased productivity,
import substitution, the development of heavy freight traffic, high-speed communication
and increased safety and security.
"Without new technologies and new approaches, the future will not come any closer!
The Company is therefore constantly and consistently involved in these issues. Implementing
innovative projects has allowed us not only to improve the quality of our services,
but also to save us considerable resources. For example, we introduced a series of
innovations which have increased productivity by more than 25%. Innovation therefore
gives us results with a tangible economic effect," said the Company's President.
The Board of Russian Railways also invited to the meeting representatives from
the authorities and the scientific community, who noted the high level of training.
According to Deputy Transport Minister Alexei Tsydenov, the programme of innovative
development corresponds to the updated Railway Development Strategy 2030 and other
strategic industry documents. It includes measures to establish and promote high-tech
and innovative products and strengthen the protection of intellectual property of
In turn, Pavel Svistunov, Deputy Director of the Social Development and Innovation
Department at Russia's Ministry of Economic Development noted that the document presented
at the meeting develops the previous programme and outlines new ways to develop the
railways. In particular, it defines the mechanism for planning and controlling innovation,
as well as import substitution measures.
Vasily Belov, Senior Vice President of the Skolkovo innovation fund, said that
the programme establishes key performance indicators and sets out the principles of
open innovation, which provide for the involvement of the scientific community in
the new developments.