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Workshop on e-Transformation for Competitiveness and Growth

June 30, 2010




Minsk, June 30. The World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Government of Belarus and the Governments of Singapore and Korea, organized a one-day workshop in Minsk on “e- Transformation for Competitiveness and Growth.” The workshop became a platform for knowledge sharing and interactive dialogue on the transformational impact of ICTs on public administration, investment climate, government to business services and telecommunications reform in Belarus, featuring best practices from international experiences.

The workshop discussed the status quo and achievements of Belarus in e-transformation, and identified short and long-term recommendations based on international best practices. Singapore and Korea’s success stories in e-transformation have emerged largely as a result of thorough planning and careful implementation.  This success is evident in Korea and Singapore’s top placement in e-Government and  ease of “Doing Business” ratings.

Workshop agenda:

Welcome remarks:
• His Excellency Nicolai Pantelei, Minister of ICT, Belarus
• Ivan Velev, Belarus Country Manager, World Bank
• Craig Bell, Belarus Country Manager, IFC
• Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT Department, World Bank
Session Moderators:  Ivan Velev, Belarus Country Manager, World Bank and Vladimir Lebedev, Deputy Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of ICT, Belarus

Session 1: e-Transformation in Belarus and Worldwide: Trends, Best Practices, and Prospects for the Future
Part 1
e-Transformation in Belarus and Global Trends
9:45 – 10:45
(1) e-Transformation in Belarus, current achievements and goals –Tatiana Milaenkova, Ministry of ICT, Belarus
(2) Global e-Transformation Trends: World Bank Perspective - Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
(3) Questions and Policy dialogue with Belarus officials

Part 2: e-Transformation Success Stories
11:00– 12:15
(4) e-Transformation success story – Singapore – Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International, Singapore
(5) e-Transformation success story – Korea – Kim Kyungyeon, Senior Manager, NIA, Korea
(6) Questions and Policy dialogue with Belarus officials

Session 2: e-Transformation through e-Government Reform                                         

(1) Gov 2.0: Global Trends in Governance e-Transformation  – Oleg Petrov,  Program Coordinator, e-Development TG/Knowledge and Learning, World Bank
(2)  e-Government success story – Singapore – Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International, Singapore
(3) e-Government success story – Korea  – Choi Moon-sil, Executive Principal Researcher, NIA, Korea
(4) Questions and Policy dialogue with Belarus officials

Session 3: e-Transformation through Broadband Development                                     

(1) Growth and development impact of broadband: an overview of global trends – Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
(2) Broadband Success Story – Korea – Wonki Min, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
(3) Questions and Policy dialogue with Belarus officials

Session 4: e-Transformation for Investment Climate

(1) Ease of Doing Business and ICTs in Belarus  – Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior PSD Specialist and Cemile Hacibeyoglu, Doing Business team, FPD/IFC
(2) Best Practices in G2B Services, with a focus on electronic Business Registries – Anat Lewin, Operations Officer, World Bank and commentary by Andrei Mikhnev, Senior PSD Specialist, Investment Climate Department, IFC, via videoconference
(3) G2B success story – Singapore  – Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International, Singapore
(4) Questions and Policy dialogue with Belarus officials
Washington, DC colleagues will be invited to join via VC and participate in the dialogue with Belarus officials.

Closing Session: Key Takeaways and Road Ahead
(1) Key Takeaways from global experience - Ivan Velev, Belarus Country Manager, World Bank
(2) Road ahead and future plans for development  - His Excellency Nicolai Pantelei, Minister of ICT, Belarus
(3) Craig Bell, Belarus Country Manager, IFC
(4) Deepak Bhatia, e-Government Applications Practice Leader, World Bank.


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