I think this is a problem of chicken and egg. Not enough specialists, because the industry is not developed. The industry is not developed, because there are not enough specialists. When the industry is not developed, specialists do not linger. And even if you are a cool IT Specialist, a Senior-Level Developer, you may just be uninteresting here. There are no projects that can "hook" professionals. And when the industry is developed, it is also competitive wages.
In my opinion, if you release a critical mass of specialists - practitioners of a good level who will be tailored specifically for our market, the problem will be solved. This is our goal.
IT specialization is interesting, but not very popular. People are interested - they heard about Elon Mask, Bill Gates, Evan Spiegel, Pavel Durov. People understand: IT is cool, it's about how you can become successful, make successful products. If in the early 2000s people were more interested in finance, oil sector, now there is more focus on IT. IT is interesting, but not popular. Because people do not know how to get into this sphere. What needs to be done to become an IT Specialist?