International Information Society Symposium

01 Dec 2006

Turkey hosted an ‘International Information Society Symposium’ in Ankara on the 1st and 2nd of November 2006.

New Horizons - The Symposium was organized by the Public Research Foundation (KAV) and sponsored by UNDP, Ministry of Transport, Turkish Telecom, TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency), TODAIE (Public Administration Institution for Turkey and the Middle East), Microsoft, Cisco Systems Turkey and TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). The theme of the symposium was “E-transformation in Public Administration”. On the second day of the event, foreign and Turkish experts held workshops to discuss the issue on a technical level.

Turkish Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım, World Bank expert Prof. Subhash Bhatnagar, e- Governance Coordinator of UNDP Eastern Europe Yuri Misnikov and Estonian e-State Academy Director Ivar Tallo attended the symposium as speakers.

Representatives from public institutions, universities, private sector, non-governmental organizations and international experts shared their knowledge and experiences relating to e-Transformation and e-State, and discussed the ‘National Information Society Strategy’ which lays out the vision and the main framework of e-transformation for the next 5 years. The concept of “e-transformation in public administration”, which is one of the components for the implementation of the main vision, was also taken up. Relations between public administration reforms and Information Technologies were analyzed both in theoretical context and in terms of concrete projects.

On the second day of the event, international participants held various workshops and shared their experiences and observations on the issue. Technical specialists from public institutions, universities and private sector companies also attended the workshops as listeners.