According to BelTA Belarus has secured its position among countries with high dynamics of the development of information and communication technologies. The statement was made by Belarusian Information Technologies and Communications Minister Sergei Popkov during the opening ceremony of the 22nd international forum on telecommunication, information, and banking technologies TIBO 2015 in Minsk on 23 April.
“Belarus' development follows global trends. According to international rankings the country has managed to secure its position among countries with high dynamics of the development of information and communication technologies. Today Belarus ranks 55th in the digital government development index and 38th in the ICT development index,” said the Minister.
In his words, the Belarusian society informatization development strategy, which is being worked out, provides for measures to increase the effectiveness of using information and communication technologies as a social and economic development instrument. TIBO 2015 will sum up results of the information society's development in Belarus over the last five years.
Sergei Popkov explained that the expo highlights results of the informatization effort in Belarus in various branches of the economy and the social sphere. “For instance, visitors can see digital services available to individuals and corporations. The seminars, roundtable sessions, and conferences will focus on important avenues of the development of the national infrastructure, the informatization of culture, information technologies for the urban economy, publishing business, and printing business,” stressed the Information Technologies and Communications Minister.
Information and communication technologies have already become some of the main instruments of social and economic development. “The agenda of all the developed nations now includes problems of digital transformation of the state administration system, the production sector, trade industry, and the services sphere. The most essential trend is the upsurge of mobile technologies. The number of users of mobile devices considerably exceeds the number of stationary users. The growing mobility demands mobile access to state services, banking, education, and medical services while social networks have evolved into an environment for doing business, advertising, promoting goods and services, studying the demand and for interacting with customers,” noted Sergei Popkov.
In turn, Choi Young-jin, Administrator of the National Radio Research Agency of the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea, noted that TIBO has been making a colossal contribution to the development of information and communication technologies for 20 years already. “The mutual relations we build within the framework of the event are extremely useful for the joint creation of projects and further prospective development plans,” he said.
The 22nd international forum on telecommunication, information, and banking technologies TIBO 2015 is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 22-25 April. The forum includes the 22nd international specialized expo TIBO 2015 and the 22nd Belarusian congress on information society technologies. The expo gathered representatives of over 200 companies from 13 countries (Belarus, Russia, Austria, China, Japan, and the USA). Foreign exhibitors account for 20% of the total number, with the share of new exhibitors at about 30%. The number includes major Belarusian and foreign manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, computers and software, security solutions, providers of all kinds of information and communication services.
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