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Second Regional Information Society Forum takes place within Infosystem’99

The Second Regional Information Society Forum (RISF) took place on October 7-8 in Thessaloniki within one of the largest IT events in Greece, the Infosystem’99. The Forum was co-organized by ARC Fund and its partners in Greece (IRC Help-Forward) and Romanian fellow Innovation Relay Center (FEMIRC-Romania) with the cooperation of SEPVE - the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece. The event followed up on the success of the Regional Information Society Forum held in Sofia in September 1998, which attracted 200 policy makers, researchers and company representatives from eight countries.

The second RISF attempted to explore the regional perspectives of e-commerce, the challenges and the regulatory issues, from a political and business point of view. The topic was discussed by speakers from Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Albania.

Mr. Grozdan Karadjov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company presented the "Policy of the Bulgarian government for creation of a conducive communication framework for the development of e-commerce", and Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman of ARC Fund, talked about Bulgaria’s efforts in “Shaping the institutional and legal framework of e-commerce”. He presented the newly established Internet Alliance for Economic Development, and the work of a Task Force drafting Bulgaria’s law on Electronic Document and Digital Signature.

Other presentation topics included the “Competitiveness of the Romanian software industry” discussed by the President of the Romanian Association of Electronic and Software Industries, Mr. Borcea, the “New developments regarding the information society and technology in Albania” by Mr. Minxhozi, Director of the Scientific Research Directorate at the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science, and the “Development of information technology in Cyprus”, by Mr. Agrotis, Director of the Department of Information Technology Services at the Ministry of Finance in Cyprus.

Over the past two years, the Information Society Forum has evolved into an important regional platform for discussing the concerted development and deployment of the information society in Southeast Europe. It has succeeded in attracting the participation of ministers and senior government officials, representatives of national and private telecom companies, the business communities, academics and non-governmental organizations from most countries in the region.


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