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Workshop on Transforming Moldova with ICT: Sharing the Singapore Experience

December 15 - 16, 2009
Chisinau, Moldova

Moldova
Network Cable Workers in Moldova

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View video of December 16 session

View video of the ECA Launch of the IC4D2009 Report

View on YouTube Transforming Moldova with ICT part 2

 

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This workshop is organized by the World Bank's Global ICT Department in collaboration with IDA Singapore, IE Singapore and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of Moldova. The workshop will provide a platform for engaged dialogue on the role of ICT in the public sector transformation agenda, and on how Singapore's success in e-Government via close collaboration with the private sector might translate to Moldova. There will be a series of knowledge-sharing sessions focusing on how ICT can play a strategic role in nation building, public administration, and service delivery to citizens and businesses.

During the workshop, the World Bank's Global ICT Department will deliver an ECA-focused regional presentation of the Bank's flagship report "Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact" (IC4D09). The report was launched globally on June 30, 2009 ( http://www.worldbank.org/ic4d) in Washington, D. C. 

Agenda

Session 1: Opening Remarks & Keynotes


Session Chairs: Melanie Marlett, WB Country Manager and Vlad Filat, Moldova Prime Minister

 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Comments

Melanie Marlett, World Bank Country Manager for Moldova (workshop host)

Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank (workshop moderator)

Welcome Address

Vlad Filat, Moldova Prime Minister

Seah Chin Siong, CEO, IDA International, Singapore (by phone)

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Keynote Addresses: Moldova’s e-Transformation

 

e-Moldova 2.0 Vision
Alexandru Oleinic, ICT Minister of Moldova


ICT for Doing Business and Competitiveness

Sergiu Ciobanu, Deputy Minister of  Economy of Moldova

 

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

 

Session 2: Designing e-Transformation Strategy

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Singapore's 30 years Journey in ICT as a Reference Model

Ronnie Wee, Director, IDA International   download presentation

Commentary by Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank and

Ion Cosuleanu, Project Manager, UNDP (TBC)
Sergui Sitnic, ANRCETI

 

Session Chair: Alexandru Oleinic, ICT Minister of Moldova

 

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Lunch Break

 

Session 3:  ICT for Good Governance and Better Services

Session Chair: Victor Bodiu, Moldova State Minister 
 

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Creating Value for Citizens and Facilitating Public Sector Efficiency through eGovernment

Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International

   download presentation

Part 2:  Creating Value for Citizens

Part 2: Facilitating Public Sector Efficiency

 

Commentary by

 Oleg Petrov, Coordinator, e-Development TG, World Bank

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Coffee Break

  

Session 4:  Doing Business and ICT

 

Session Chair: Sergiu Ciobanu, Deputy Minister of  Economy of Moldova

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Singapore's Government-to-Business initiatives, Insights and Lessons Learned

Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International

Part 1: Starting and doing business in Singapore: the role of ICT

Part 2:  How did we get there: lessons learned and critical success factors

Commentary by :

Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Doing Business Project, World Bank,
Alexandra Mincu, Private Sector Development Specialist, Doing Business Project, World Bank,
Stefka Slavova, Senior Economist, Doing business Reform Unit,

Investment Climate Advisory Services, World Bank Group,    download presentation

Massimiliano Santini, Doing Business Reform Unit, Investment Climate Advisory Services, World Bank/IFC (via videoconference)

 

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception: Capitoles-Lux, Mitropolit Varlaam str. # 87 

 

Day 2: December 16, 2009

 

 

Operational Discussions

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Enabling Next Generation Telecommunications*

Queh Ser Pheng, Deputy Director, IDA International   download presentation

Commentary by:

Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank and

Sergiu Sitnic, ANRCETI

Chair: Valeriu Diozu, Chairman, ANRCETI (Moldova Telecom Regulatory Authority)

10:30 AM –10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

ICT Industry and Skills Development*

Low Aik Lim, Deputy Director, IDA   download presentation

Hema Ramnani,  Deputy Director, IDA   download presentation

Commentary by: Veaceslav Cunev, Chairman, ICT Association of Moldova

 

Chair:  Dona Scola, Deputy Minister of ICT of Moldova

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch BREAK

 

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Special Session:  Launch of the IC4D2009 Report in ECA - Extending Reach and Increasing Impact - Presented by the World Bank's Global ICT Department

Session Chair: Melanie Marlett, WB Country Manager

Opening Remarks:

Martin Raiser, Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, World Bank

Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, Global ICT, World Bank

 

Presenters:

Christine Qiang, Lead Economist, Global ICT Department, World Bank

Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank

Oleg Petrov, Coordinator, e-Development TG, World Bank

 

Country Perspectives

Questions & Answers

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Workshop on e-Transformation Implementation Strategies and Partnerships: Key Takeaways and Next Steps

Ion Cosuleanu, Project Manager, UNDP– Key Takeaways from Day 1

Sergiu Sitnic, ANRCETI– Key Takeaways from Day 2

 

Commenary by: 

Ronnie Wee, Director, IDA International

Sebastian Foo, Executive Consultant, IDA International

Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank

 

Open Discussion

 

Chair:  Dona Scola, Deputy Minister, Ministry of ICT of Moldova

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Panel

 

 Wrap-up by Dona Scola, Deputy Minister, Ministry of ICT of Moldova

 

 Final Remarks by

Vlad Filat, Moldova Prime Minister (TBC)

Valeriu Lazăr, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of  Economy of Moldova (TBC)

Victor Bodiu, Moldova State Minister (TBC),

Victor Barbaneagra, Depity Minister of Finance (TBC)

Alexandru Oleinic, Minister of Informational Technologies and Communication(TBC)

Melanie Marlett, World Bank Country Manager for Moldova and
Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global ICT, World Bank

 

 

 

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The World Bank and Singapore Partner to Address E-Transformation in Moldova

The World Bank, in partnership with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, and the Moldovan Ministry of Informational Technologies and Communications, is hosting a two-day seminar in Moldova entitled: Transforming Moldova with ICT: Sharing the Singapore Experience.

From left to right: Melanie Marlett, World Bank Moldova Country Manager, Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime-Minister and Alexandru Oleinic, Minister of Information Technologies and Communication addressing the audience on the importance of ICT sector for Moldova's economic growth
From left to right: Melanie Marlett, World Bank Moldova Country Manager, Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime-Minister and Alexandru Oleinic, Minister of Information Technologies and Communication addressing the audience on the importance of ICT sector for Moldova's economic growth
The December 15-16 event aims to build a common platform for engaged dialogue on the role of ICT in Moldova's public sector transformation agenda. It will use Singapore's successful experience in e-Government over the past 30 years to examine how collaboration with the private sector might translate to Moldova. The event includes a series of knowledge-sharing sessions focusing on how ICT can play a strategic role in nation building, public administration, and service delivery to citizens and businesses.

The workshop coincides with the regional launch of the World Bank's Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact report in nine ECA countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The report is a regular publication of the World Bank Group addressing the critical role that information and communication technology (ICT) plays in economic development. It features at-a-glance tables for 150 economies of the latest available data on ICT sector performance. The 2009 issue introduces performance measures for access, affordability and applications in government and business.

Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT policy specialist, World Bank, highlighting Moldova's opportunities in the IT sector in an interview for Radio Free Europe
Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT policy specialist, World Bank, highlighting Moldova's opportunities in the IT sector in an interview for Radio Free Europe
"ICT is an underlying priority for the implementation of Moldova's development and modernization agenda," highlighted Vladimir Filat, Prime-Minister of Moldova at the opening of the workshop. "It is a fast and cost-effective tool to modernize the country and ensure greater performance in the public sector with the ultimate goal to better address the needs of Moldova's citizens. Through improvements in the ICT infrastructure, the Government is striving to become a proactive player in building a better and less regulated business environment."

ICT currently represents 10 percent of Moldova's GDP. However, telecom services remain expensive, which limits penetration and use. Internet and mobile phone costs are also relatively expensive in Moldova compared to the region. The price basket for mobile and Internet services are respectively 60 percent and 80 percent higher than ECA averages. The World Bank is providing technical assistance to Moldova on ICT sector policy reform, regulatory capacity building and helping to identify ways to increase the efficiency and competition of the telecommunications sector in order to provide better and cheaper services to Moldovan citizens.

Singapore's experience in e-transformation has attracted an enormous interest from the Moldovan Government and private sector companies
Singapore's experience in e-transformation has attracted an enormous interest from the Moldovan Government and private sector companies
"Moldova has the human potential to build a competitive IT industry," said Melanie Marlett, World Bank Moldova Country Manager during the workshop launch. "For that it needs to improve its business environment, reduce barriers for existing companies to grow and new companies to enter the market, ultimately creating jobs and retaining talent at home. Moldova already has success stories to share in the private sector and an ICT-enabled government transformation process is a strong case for the country."

Contributed by Victor Neagu in Moldova.




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