ICT Sector in Bulgaria Prospects and Challenges by Mr. Georgi Prangov, State Agency for ICT

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Presentation by Mr. Georgi Prangov, State Agency for ICT at the third International Conference e-Society.Mk: ICT Sector in Bulgaria Prospects and Challenges, December 1, 2007, Skopje Macedonia

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  • ICT Sector in Bulgaria Prospects and Challenges by Mr. Georgi Prangov, State Agency for ICT

    1. 1. ICT Sector in Bulgaria Prospects and Challenges Georgi Prangov Acting Head of Department Skopje, 30 November 2007
    2. 2. <ul><li>ICT Sector - overview </li></ul><ul><li>National ICT Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Future ICT Prospects and Challenges for Bulgaria in EU </li></ul>Outline of presentation
    3. 3. Macroeconomic Stability and Growth Sources: National Statistics Institute, Ministry of Finance, Eurostat GDP growth ( 200 3 - 200 7) GDP per capita ( 200 3 - 200 7) EUR %
    4. 4. Bulgaria: connectivity <ul><li>Internet penetration: </li></ul><ul><li>34 % at present </li></ul><ul><li>12 % of households use broadband for 2006 in comparison with 6 % for 2005 </li></ul>Plovdiv Bourgas Varna Black Sea Danube River Sofia <ul><li>Mobile network penetration: </li></ul><ul><li>3 GSM networks </li></ul><ul><li>86 % territory coverage </li></ul><ul><li>98% population coverage </li></ul><ul><li>70% mobile users </li></ul><ul><li>Fully liberalized telecom market, 14 licensed operators </li></ul>
    5. 5. ICT Industry in Bulgaria 2003-2007 (EUR M) 1.375 1.757 2.046 2.164 2.372 Source: EITO 2006, Arthur D. Little Analysis CAGR 15% 14% 1.397 829 Telecom 14% 431 251 IT 24% 805 366 Mobile 10% 80 54 CaTV 2% 355 328 Fixed Voice 19% 157 81 Fixed Data 14% 499 295 Equipment 15% 2.372 1.375 ITC CAGR 2007e 2003
    6. 6. Future Perspectives ahead of ICT - a part of competitive Europe <ul><li>ICT sector - one of the leading sectors in the economy </li></ul><ul><li>Bulgaria - best location for High-Tech investments in Europe in R&D, software development, telecom services </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications sector – modernized and competitive </li></ul><ul><li>ICT industry – skilled and competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Information Society – Bulgaria catching up the old EU member states </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>2. National ICT Policy </li></ul>
    8. 8. Bulgarian strategic documents 2007 - 2013 <ul><li>Real convergence is not automatic, it depends on establishing a sound policy framework </li></ul><ul><li>EU Funds can accelerate convergence if the preconditions are right placed </li></ul><ul><li>Key challenges: (i) reform public sector, (ii) reform labor markets, (iii) create a flexible business environment </li></ul><ul><li>National Strategic Documents 2007-2013: </li></ul><ul><li>National Reform Programme 2007-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>National Development Plan </li></ul><ul><li>National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013 </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Programmes 2007-2013 </li></ul>
    9. 9. National Programme for Accelerated Information Society Development Guidelines Impact ICT Accessibility and Security Quality of Life and Competitiveness Human Capacity Information Society for All ICT Infrastructure and Security Society and Culture Economy and Employment Research and Innovation Information Society Awareness and ICT industry Branding Education and Training
    10. 10. <ul><li>3. Future ICT Prospects and Challenges for Bulgaria in EU </li></ul>
    11. 11. Future Prospects Potential GDP growth rates in EU 25, new Member States and the euro area 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 2004 2025 2050 in % EU 25 NMS Euro Area Source: Commission Services
    12. 12. <ul><li>Effective use of the European Structural Funds in 2007-2013 </li></ul><ul><li>Active participation in the Community programmes and initiatives (7-th Framework Programme, CIP and etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in ICT R&D and wider ICT take-up in the public and private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening innovation in ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Building up a stable ground for effective mobility of young researchers in ICT area </li></ul><ul><li>Involving experts who are able to capitalise on past experience and new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Better coordination and cooperation between more and less developed EU regions </li></ul>Key factors for ICT competitiveness Challenges
    13. 13. ICT Policy Results Failure is not an Option! <ul><li>More effective institutions ( combat corruption, modernisation (eGovernance), value for money and etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher share of ICT investment on total investment </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced investments in R&D activities both the whole economy and the ICT sector </li></ul><ul><li>Successful PPP models </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive, export-oriented ICT industry </li></ul><ul><li>Well-developed ICT infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>From passive to active labour market </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Thank you very much </li></ul><ul><li>for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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