News archive - eSEE and bSEE meeting: reinforcing ICT development in the Western Balkan countries

The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat hosted a meeting of the Electronic South East Europe (eSEE) Initiative Working Group and the Broadband South East Europe Taskforce (bSEE), at its premises in Sarajevo, on October 27-28, 2008.

The aim of the meeting, organized together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), was to ensure synergies between these mutually reinforcing initiatives and to learn more about the status of implementation of specific components of the eSEE Agenda Plus. The Agenda Plus is the regional action plan for eGovernance and ICT development signed by nine Governments at the Regional eSEE Ministerial Conference in Sarajevo last October.

The eSEE Agenda Plus is designed to assist the region in its efforts towards achieving the objectives of the European Union’s i2010 programme and becoming a full participant in the global Information Society. The bSEE Taskforce is working to promote regional broadband infrastructure in support of the implementation of eGovernance programmes.

This meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Programme Advisory Committee of the newly established Centre for eGovernance Development (CeGD) and the preparatory meeting of the Regional eGovernance Advisory Taskforce (REGATA) of the UNDP’s eLeadership Programme for the Western Balkans, which will aim to introduce important innovations for Southeast Europe to capitalize on the benefits of ICT use in the governance processes.

The eSEE Initiative membership includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and UNMIK/Kosovo. In addition to the eSEE members, the bSEE Taskforce also includes Greece.

Source: RCC website

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Entry created by Elke Dall on October 30, 2008
Modified on November 11, 2008