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Jun 23, 2005

Former Soviet President Addresses Boston IT Audience

AmCham News,
Julia Rovinskaya, Lead PR Manager, AURIGA Inc.

“Let’s work together,” said former Soviet President and Nobel Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, presenting the Russian hi-tech industry to an audience composed of the Massachusetts business elite.

On April 12, 2005, the Massachusetts Software Council, the leading technology trade association in the state, held its annual spring membership breakfast. The former president of the Soviet Union and founder of the Gorbachev Foundation delivered the keynote presentation. Gorbachev spoke on the role of IT in the global economy and introduced Russian software capabilities to the U.S. business audience. The breakfast brought together more than 900 U.S. business and technology executives.

Gorbachev emphasized in his presentation the importance of parity in U.S.- Russian relations in business and technology, as well as in the overall geopolitical relationship between the countries. He advocated building new bridges between U.S. and Russia.

“Your meeting here,” he said, “is one of these bridges.”

Gorbachev pointed out that Russia is ready to make strides into the future with more economic reforms. Russia once dominated various fields of science and technology and now seeks to apply these skills to become a worldwide leader in IT outsourcing.

The Massachusetts Software Council has been collaborating professionally with the Russian National Software Development Association (RUSSOFT) since 2001. To further enhance this relationship, the Council signed an Agreement of Cooperation with RUSSOFT in April 2003. The Boston meeting was made possible through the efforts of several parties, including RUSSOFT and AURIGA Inc., the oldest Russian software services company.

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