EXPO on “Western Balkans Digital Summit” to promote potentials of companies from digital and ICT industry is opened

Apr 18, 2018 | Press Release

Today, as part of the two-day regional event ” Western Balkans Digital Summit”,Expo was opened as an opportunity for domestic, regional, international companies, as well as local start-up companies to present themselves to the audience and showcase their opportunities for further digital development, which is an essential part of the European Integration process of Western Balkan countries.

The opening was attended by official delegations of the Western Balkan countries, and the President of the Government of Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, hosted the whole delegation.

Goran Sugareski, the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Macedonia, Jovan Despotovski from the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development, and James Macbeth Forbes, Director of the Society for German International Cooperation (GIZ) for Macedonia and Kosovo, addressed the official opening.

Minister Sugareski pointed out that the implementation of new electronic systems in the area of transport activity is driven by the need to create better conditions for development of transport companies, as well as for strengthening transparency in public service management.

During his addressing, the Director of the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development, Jovan Despotovski, presented the new public call “PristAPP transport” organized together with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which will be implemented starting from today until May 20th 2018, and the same refers to financing software solutions for electronic application of transport companies and management of processes for obtaining licenses and decisions via an electronic system by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The public call refers to all micro, small and medium enterprises that work with information technologies, and which can apply individually, or in cooperation with an institution that performs university or scientific research activity, as well as with enterprises or associations.

James Macbeth Forbes, Director of the Society for German International Cooperation (GIZ) for Macedonia and Kosovo, highlighted the potential negative aspects of the digitalization process that Western Balkans countries can face and noted that education is a key factor for overcoming these potential obstacles, and that GIZ, within the framework of the German Development Cooperation in the Region, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is ready to provide assistance in that field. He also announced the start-up camp that will take place as part of the Expo.

The EXPO is open to Macedonian audience today and tomorrow. There is no entrance fee.

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