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Presentation: Supporting the Knowledge Economy

Mr Eduard Shalsi (Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship) believes that until the region realises that it should invest in digitalisation, it will be left behind. It is hard to reform properly unless there are investments in place. Shalsi believes that there is an imperative to prepare the education system for the digitalisation […]

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Summary of Conclusions: Sophia the Robot

Sophia (Hanson Robotics’ latest human-like robot, UNDP’s non-human United Nation Innovation Champion) summarised the conclusions of the Western Balkans Digital Summit. She said it was very inspiring to see government officials, industry leaders and researchers working together towards one goal, to use technology to transform people’s lives for better. She expressed her belief in the […]

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Panel: How to facilitate a fast infrastructure deployment?

The panel ‘How to facilitate a fast infrastructure deployment?’ moderated by Mr Mark Vasic (Senior Manager, International Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom AG) explored the notion that if a society wants to build good business models, it needs to create and maintain a good infrastructure. One of the moderator’s main questions for all the panellists was […]

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Panel: Networks and Connectivity

Ms Veronica Bocarova (Principal Analyst, Cullen International) moderated the session. Ms Irini Reljin (Acting Assistant Minister for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications) said that while preparing for 5G everyone needs to keep in mind there is a need for powerful optical network. It is necessary to build own cloud […]

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Panel: Beyond Digital Procurement: Open Contracting

The panel Beyond Digital Procurement: Open Contracting, focused on how to reimagine public procurement, focusing on concrete cases, where Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) are used for public databases. The moderator Sanja Nasevska (Junior Project Coordinator – Open Data UNDP) stated that addressing OCDS is not yet considered as standard, when talking about public procurement […]

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Digital Summit Western Balkans Closing Ceremony

Mr Mihailo Jovanovic (Director of the Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment, Government of the Republic of Serbia) closed the 2nd Western Balkans Digital Summit, held as part of Digital Week Serbia. Jovanovic called the Summit an example of regional collaboration initiated by the Berlin Process. The Summit lasted for two days and had three […]

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Presentation: Growing Digital Together

Ms Violeta Jovanovic (Executive Director, National Alliance for Local Economic Development NALED, Serbia) mentioned that a few years ago Serbia was at the bottom of the Doing Business List created by the World Bank. That was a trigger for the determined action. With the help of the GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) partnership, […]

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Ministerial Panel: e-Serbia

As an introduction, a movie was played about the new e-judicial system which allows the automated exchange of documents among institutions, overview and transparency of cases, alerts on cases that are taking too long, and video-hearings. Ms Nela Kuburovic (Minister of Justice, Government of the Republic of Serbia) explained that the system reduces the number […]

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Panel: Digital economy and society

Ms Lejla Sadiku (Governance and Innovations Specialist, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia) moderated the session. Ms Odeta Barbullushi (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albania) said that the crucial question that needs to be answered is ‘What sort of society and economies in the region do we want?’ Digitalisation of economy and society […]

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