Minister Manchevski Addressed the Attendees at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Geneva, April 10th, 2019

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski, addressed the attendees on the interactive session of high political representatives, organized as part of the largest World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Minister Manchevski focused on efforts of the Government of North Macedonia to develop digital economy, in the Western Balkans context.

"Mere days ago, I met with Western Balkans digital policy makers to discuss the strategic vision for the region. Implementation is underway of agreements on four very specific initiatives: reduction of roaming prices, mutual acceptance of digital certificates, development of digital skills, and joint activities in the field of cyber-security", informed Minister Manchevski, discussing the latest joint activities between countries from the region.

As he stressed, the process of digital transformation requires impeccable integration, and not only cross-governmental cooperation between our regional economies. The process also requires cooperation between businesses, the industry, the academic community, and organizations working on cross-border cooperation.

"We, as a Government, support and encourage involvement of these actors in development of digital policy, given that these organizations act as catalysts in the digital transformation process.

Development of digital economy is a major opportunity for economies in Europe. It is an opportunity for increased integration. However, if we do not make use of that opportunity, we would risk Balkanisation in digital islands - isolated digital islands, contrary to the very essence of data and digital flows, which aim to create a more integrated world", noted Minister Manchevski. 

When asked what are MISA's activities aimed at development of e-services, Minister Manchevski said:

"An integral part of the interoperability platform is the Service Register. It is a centralized register of all internal and external web-services from a background system for access to data or transaction services provided by institutions that are part of the platform. Another register of key importance, closely related to the interoperability platform, is the Register of Administrative Services. It acts as central storage for all institutions, data, evidence and processes related to administrative procedures. The combination of these two registers enabled establishment of a National E-Service Portal. By using the interoperability platform as a base, we managed to identify key services on the platform and to build electronic services for the citizens. The National E-Service Portal brings services to the citizens. It would contribute to finally reduce the use of paper and to facilitate administrative procedures, with a view to improve the life of all citizens", concluded Minister Manchevski.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is a global UN platform to support implementation of action lines for promotion of sustainable development. The Forum is the world's largest annual gathering of the ICT development community. It provides an opportunity to exchange information, foster knowledge and exchange best practices in identification of the latest trends. It is also an opportunity to encourage partnerships, taking into account development processes and information. 

Ministry of Information Society and Administration