On June 25th, 2019, the 6th Eastern Partnership Business Forum (hereinafter – the Forum), was held at a high level in Bucharest (Romania) and attended by Mr. Oleksandr Zhyvotovskyi, Chairman of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and informatization (hereinafter – NCCIR), as a member of the Ukrainian delegation.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Romania, within Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission.
The Eastern Partnership Business Forum is a traditional event aimed at assessing the achievements of the Eastern Partnership (hereinafter – EaP) countries from the government bodies and business communities and further developing cooperation point of view within the thematic platform, focusing mainly on promoting the development of bilateral and multilateral economic relations between the EU and the six EaP countries.
This year’s Forum was devoted to the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, and within its framework two panel discussions were held: “Information Technologies. Industry 4.0 - Transition to the Digital Future” and “E-Commerce - Out-of-the-border Efficiency”.
During the event, discussions were held with representatives of governmental bodies, national regulators and business sector on the success stories of ICT development in the EaP region, as well as barriers to the development of digital commerce within the EU Digital Single Market and ongoing work on e-commerce issues within the World Trade Organization.
During the discussions also new ways were considered regarding the expansion of international e-commerce markets for the EaP countries, primarily through EU institutions and programs. Particular attention was paid to the EU4Digital Project, which, among other issues, is aimed at reducing tariffs for international roaming services among the EaP countries, developing a broadband strategy for stimulation the economy and expand electronic services.
NCCIR takes an active part in the EU4Digital Project, in particular, is a coordinator of the priority stream - “Telecom rules”, as well as actively works on practical implementation of the initiative in Ukraine regarding the creation of a common space of international roaming between the EaP countries and, subsequently, the EU.
At the Forum, the Ukrainian delegation presented the current situation regarding the state of development of the digital economy and society in Ukraine, and emphasized the desire to further deepen cooperation with the EU and the EaP countries in the field of digital economy and improve the investment business climate.
Participation of the Chairman of NCCIR in the Forum promoted deepening the existing dialogue with representatives of the national regulators of foreign countries, as well as help to develop dialogue with the business community on the state and prospects of the development of the digital economy in Ukraine and within the framework of the Eastern Partnership in general, and provided an opportunity to exchange experience with representatives of the EU Member States in particular.