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News Release

Oct 2, 2009

2009 Economist Intelligence Unit study: Russia improves IT competitiveness

The third annual study of the IT sector competitiveness from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), assesses and compares the information technology industry environments of 66 countries to determine the extent to which they support the competitiveness of the IT sector. In 2009, Russia’s ranking has moved 11 places up from the last year’s results. This year Russia rose up 11 places from last year’s 49 to 38, and leaving the other BRIC countries (China, Brazil and India) behind.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, six factors work together to create a reliable environment for the IT industry:

  • Sufficient labor pool
  • Innovation friendly culture
  • World-class technology infrastructure
  • Legal status of IP protection
  • Stable and competitive economy
  • Government leadership

In comparison with the last year, Russia has scored higher in the Human Capital section (Russia ranks 11) and the R&D environment section (Russia ranks 23). The lowest scores received were for the Overall Business Environment and the Support for IT Industry. The leaders of the rating are USA, Finland, Sweden, Canada and Netherlands.

About The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit (, a member of The Economist Group, the world's foremost provider of country, industry and management analysis. Founded in 1946 when a director of intelligence was appointed to serve The Economist™, the Economist Intelligence Unit is now a leading research and advisory firm with more than 40 offices worldwide. For over 60 years, the Economist Intelligence Unit has delivered vital business intelligence to influential decision-makers around the world.

About The Business Software Alliance

Business Software Alliance ( is a nonprofit trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners. BSA’s mission is to promote conditions in which the information technology (IT) industry can thrive and contribute to the prosperity, security, and quality of life of all people. BSA is the largest and most international IT industry group, with policy, legal and/or educational programs in 80 countries.

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