Minister Manchevski Attends ITU Webinar on the Impact of ICT on Economic Development in Europe

Skopje, 15 June 2020

Today, the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski, attended a webinar organized by the International Telecommunications Union, discussing the increased impact of ICT on economic development in Europe.

This webinar is organized as part of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Broadband Infrastructure, Broadcasting and Spectrum Management, adopted by WTDC-17. The aim of this event is to serve as platform for mapping existing infrastructure and services, promoting alignment of approaches across the region and exchange of experiences on different approaches applied by the countries.

Minister Manchevski presented activities that MISA had undertaken in the past period, related to development of broadband internet in North Macedonia.

On 1 April 2019, the Government adopted the National Operational Broadband Plan, which is fully aligned with EU’s Digital Agenda and strategy. The Plan covers national broadband targets for landline and mobile broadband. In addition, it anticipates construction and development of National Optical Transport Network that would be used to lend optic fibres to operators, so they could access white zones to offer broadband services, as well as construction of accessible passive optic fibre network in white zones and lending thereof to operators, so they could provide broadband services in those zones “, informed Minister Manchevski.

As he stressed, the awareness of the importance of implementing anticipated targets lead to establishment of new body in October of the past year – the National Broadband Competence Office. The Office is established pursuant to EU recommendations.

In addition to Minister Manchevski, the webinar included remarks from Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the ITU Office for Europe, Stephen Bereaux and Carmen Prado-Wagner for ITU and Raul Katz from Columbia University. The webinar also included remarks by representatives of Albania, Serbia and Georgia.

The event included discussions on approaches aimed at creation of opportunities to invest in the field of ICT infrastructure and services. It was in this context that a new project was presented, titled “Support of systems for mapping investment opportunities in broadband infrastructure for Southeast Europe”.

Ministry of Information Society and Administration