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22 April 2021, 12:54

Belarusian digital government described as fully operational

MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – The digital government in Belarus operates at full capacity, BelTA learned from First Deputy Director of the National Center for Electronic Services Sergei Rudnev.

The official said: “One can state that today the digital government operates at full capacity. Every day we receive new challenges to ensure comfortable provision of state services and administrative procedures for citizens and the private sector. It is confirmed by statistics. Over 6.5 million digital services were provided in 2020. The figure was slightly higher than 5 million in 2019. Respectively the dynamics indicates the demand of the private sector and citizens for government services rises every year. Our main task is to switch interaction between the state and the private sector and citizens to online forms as much as possible in the future.”

The official reminded that the first international forum #GBC (government, business, citizens) will take place in Minsk on 28-29 April. Its main goal is to present accomplishments and projects in the area of digital government, search for new ways of digitization and interaction between the state and the private sector and citizens by means of information and communication technologies.

#GBC is supposed to become a platform for discussing the state, development, and prospects of Belarus' digital future, transition of interaction at all levels to the digital dimension. How a higher level of interaction between the state and the society can be achieved on the basis of the modern level of development of information technologies and by utilizing the existing capabilities of the state digital services infrastructure as much as possible? How higher effectiveness of state administration can be achieved thanks to high technologies? How interaction of citizens, the private sector, and the state can be made as transparent, fast, and convenient as possible? Participants of the forum are expected to think about these questions and give answers.

The main tasks of the forum include a presentation of accomplishments in the area of digital government, a demonstration of products of IT companies, communications and telecommunications companies, the involvement of interested countries in transboundary interaction in the course of exchanging legal documents, the development of partnership and interagency interaction, the improvement of the IT knowledge of the society.

The forum will be subdivided into four blocks. They will focus on matters concerning the construction of digital government, introduction of biometric documents, the Smart City concept, and digital government services for the private sector and citizens.

Representatives of government agencies and organizations, IT companies, banks, international organizations, and educational institutions are expected to participate in the forum. The forum will include online and offline components.

Deputy Director for Commerce of the National Traffic Exchange Center Tatiana Turomsha said that the forum is a project of social importance. “Digitization, informatization, cloud technologies are already part of today's reality where we live and they should be used, studied, and embraced in all spheres of our life. This is why the idea was born to create the #GBC forum as some dialogue platform where informational and digital development of Belarus will be discussed. It is important that the forum will be partially online. Anyone can register for free on the website gbcforum.by and participate in online broadcasts,” she added.

The forum's organizers are the National Traffic Exchange Center and the National Center for Electronic Services. The event will proceed with support of the Operations and Analysis Center under the President of Belarus.

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