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The Swedish authorities have shown their willingness to further support the Republic of Moldova in the process of promoting and developing the ICT sector in Moldova.
This was mentioned by Her Excellency Signe Burgstaller, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of Moldova on Wednesday, April 12, during a working meeting with Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Communications. Katja Sarajeva, Project Director of the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) of Stockholm University, and Ana Chiriţa, Executive Director of the National Association of ICT Companies, also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting the parties addressed issues related to the current state of bilateral cooperation in the field of information and communication technology, support of the Government of Sweden provided to Moldova through the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), as well as collaboration within the international profile structures.
Deputy Minister Vitalie Tarlev highly appreciated Sweden’s ongoing support for ICT projects, highlighting the importance of the development of information society in Moldova and expressed his gratitude for Swedish side’s willingness to share experience in areas such as the development of the innovation economy, promotion of the ICT industry, and expertise of the regulatory framework in the field.
Vitalie Tarlev also underlined that the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union develops the „National Digital Innovation Framework” aimed at supporting the objective of strengthening the digital economy in Moldova and invited the representatives of the SPIDER Program to participate in this detailed analysis of the experience and challenges faced by the Republic of Moldova in the process of fortifying the ICT-centered ecosystem.
In turn, Ambassador Signe Burgstaller reiterated that Sweden will continue to support projects aimed at contributing to the promotion and development of the ICT sector in Moldova. In this context, the Swedish official invited Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunications, to participate in the Internet Forum to be held from 17 to 18 May 2017 in Stockholm, as well as to visit Kista Science City, the largest ICT cluster in Europe and the second largest in the world, after Silicon Valley in California, USA.