The seminar, organized by Westholland Foreign Investment Agency and the Dutch Council for International trade promotion (NCH) and the RUSSOFT Association along with High Tech Park Belarus, took place in the Hague during the run-up to the Year of Russia in the Netherlands. The event gathered over 100 specialists from more than 40 IT companies from Russia, Belarus and the Netherlands as well as members of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands, governmental organizations from Belarus and Holland, and representatives of Dutch universities. The spokespersons represented the Hague Mayor Office, The Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, consulting companies, national associations of Russia and Belarus and top-managers of IT companies.
During the meeting the representatives of RUSSOFT, the Hague Mayor Office and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation discussed the potential benefits of the interaction within the IT industry, the interests of Russian software companies, and local governments. Another question concerned the establishment of Russoft representation in the Netherlands, the next step to achieve it will be a personal meeting with the vice-mayor of the Hague.
Pavel Adylin, the Chairman of RUSSOFT and the CEO of Artezio, spoke at the event on behalf of the Russian IT community. In his speech, Mr. Adylin described the RUSSOFT association and its activities, the results of the 9th Annual Survey of the Russian Software Export Industry, the situation on the Russian IT market, and the advantages that Dutch IT companies can gain when cooperating with Russian partners.
Pavel Adylin said: “This seminar is a perfect start of the Year of Russia in the Netherlands. The main aim of RUSSOFT is to use such an event to provide Dutch businesses with all advantages offered by Russian IT companies to their clients in the European Union. First of all, I mean good quality of services, traditionally highly qualified developers, spatial and cultural proximity. It was a great surprise for me to find out that 96% of all development projects in the Netherlands are held by Dutch companies internally and only 4% are outsourced. That means that at the moment when the shortage of specialists in the Dutch IT sector is about 40, 000 employees, Russian IT companies have great opportunities to increase their presence on the Dutch IT market.”