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Title: Activities and Results of Stability Pact eSEEurope Initiative


1
Activities and Results of Stability Pact
eSEEurope Initiative
UNCTAD-UNECE High-Level Regional Conference for
Transition Economies "ICT E-Commerce
Strategies for Development" Palais des Nations,
Geneva, 20-21 October 2003
  • Mario Apostolov, Regional Adviser, UNECE Trade
  • Dr. Marijana Vidas-Bubanja, Chair, eSEEurope
    Initiative

2
Why is eSEEurope Initiative important for the
region?
  • ICT as development factor
  • Realize that digital technology has become a key
    factor of economic growth and creating employment
  • Synergy between the transition process and the
    transformation of the economies of SEEuropean
    countries into societies based on informatics and
    e-business

3
eSEEurope Initiative - background
  • Regional effort in Table II of the Stability Pact
  • Launched in Istanbul in October 2000
  • Constituted in January 2001
  • Important support by G. Britain and Sweden
  • In 2002 refocusing of eSEE in line with Pacts
    effort for regional ownership - chairmanship
    transferred to FRY/Serbia and Montenegro
  • Participating countries now Albania, Bosnia
    Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, the fYR Macedonia,
    and Serbia Montenegro.

4
eSEEurope Initiative
  • Staring with February 2002 eSEE Initiative
    managed to structure and consolidate an important
    process in the field of IS development in the
    region
  • This is confirmed by concrete results and
    achievements

5
Main objective of the Initiative
  • To support the development of Information Society
    in South Eastern Europe
  • To focus on strategies and measures which promote
    the region as a whole
  • To promote benchmarking, best practice and
    co-operation within the region

6
Some achieved results
  • Ministerial Joint Statement of Intent
  • Ministerial Regional Conference on
    Telecommunication Policy
  • Adoption of eSEEurope Agenda for the Development
    of the Information Society

7
Ministerial Joint Statement of Intent
  • European Ministerial Conference in Ljubljana 3-4,
    June 2002
  • Important step to engage the countries of SEE in
    processes similar to European defined in eEurope
    and eEurope Action Plans

8
Ministerial Joint Statement of Intent
  • SEE countries are ready to create a proper
    environment for digital technology including
    regulatory framework and capacity building in
    line with European instruments, standards and
    timeframes
  • Agreement to create eSEE Agenda

9
South Eastern Europe Conference on Policy and
Cooperation in Telecommunications, Belgrade,
October, 28-29, 2002
  • Why this conference?
  • Services needed to be available on the basis of a
    liberalized communication sector
  • Ministers from the region signed eSEE Agenda for
    the Development of Information Society

10
What we want by this Agenda?
  • To accelerate reform and modernization of the SEE
    economies, encourage capacity and institutional
    building, improve overall competitiveness and
    provide for actions which address the specific
    situation of the countries in the region
  • To get strong political commitment for our
    actions in order to ensure their realization in
    practice

11
What we want by this Agenda?
  • To cluster our actions around the same objectives
    as EU Member States and Candidate Countries
  • The importance of objective O for the region
    -Accelerated putting in place of the basic
    building blocks of the Information Society

12
  • To have positive impact on the process of
    stabilization and association of the countries
    from SEE region to EU
  • Stress advantages of strategies and actions
    undertaken on regional level and the
    effectiveness of private/public partnership in
    this actions

13
Preamble of eSEE Agenda for IS
  • Stress the importance of closer cooperation with
    EU and Candidate Countries on the Information
    Society issues and the importance of their
    support as well as support of other international
    organizations and institutions
  • Define what are the priority measures to be
    undertaken by SEE countries

14
Commitments that should be undertaken by SEE
Governments
  • Adoption of policy and strategy for IS
  • Adoption and implementation of legal
    infrastructure for IS according to the acquis
    communitaire settled with EU countries
  • Establishment of regional and national
    implementation mechanism
  • Promotion of active IS for development

15
How the international community can help?
  • Political support and technical advice to bring
    developments in line with European experience
  • Transfer of knowledge exchange of information
    sharing of experiences and best practices

16
Activities in 2003eSEEurope Initiative is
entering in the implementation phase of eSEE
Agenda !

17
Skopje WG Meeting, 4th February 2003Athens WG
Meeting, 1st May 2003Bled WG Meeting, 9th Jun
2003Tirana WG Meeting 25th September 2003
  • Common Guidelines for National Strategies on the
    Development of Information Society
  • Unified Terms of References for the Establishment
    of Cabinet Level Bodies for IS Development
  • Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention
    on Cyber Crime
  • Benchmarking activities

18
The way ahead
  • To further promote and implement adopted
    Guidelines for NISP and TOR for Cabinet level
    Bodies for IS development Promotion to implement
    the recommended policies and the supporting
    governmental structures
  • eSEE WG activities monitoring of the real
    implementation of the prepared documents
    facilitation and coordination of the technical
    assistance
  • To strengthen dialogue between the signatories
    and supporting countries and organisation to
    facilitate and coordinate joint efforts
  • Open up of new dimension of the eEurope by
    taking on board also the Signatories of eSEE
    Agenda

19
Conclusion
  • Regional cooperation is an important approach for
    the IS development
  • Expected results of eSEEurope Initiative are the
    following
  • Strengthen promotion and co-ordination of mutual
    interests in IS development
  • Combine and synchronize activities and scarce
    resources for IT development
  • Stimulate innovation and exploit the technology
    potentials of e-business

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  • 4)Promote and establishment of Business
    networking of the IT companies in SEE region
  • 5) Create an integral central database of IT
    resources on national and regional level
  • 6) Develop partnership with the public sector and
    universities for the realization of projects of
    interest of each state and the region as a whole
  • 7) Promote and provide the investment in IT
    modernization regardless of industry/sector

21
  • 8) Organize and introduce services such as
    e-commerce, e-banking, e-tourism,
  • e-agribusiness etc.
  • 9) Start initiatives for human resources
    development
  • 10) Jointly face competition in markets in the
    Western countries
  • 11) Joint marketing of efforts to help SEE
    companies find business partners in Western
    Europe, etc.

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  • Contact
  • Dr. Vidas-Bubanja, Chair of eSEE
  • e-mail marijanav_at_ien.bg.ac.yu
  • Mario Apostolov, Regional Adviser, ECE
  • e-mail Mario.Apostolov_at_unece.org
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