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Podgorica, Montenegro (8 June 2016) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications Vujica Lazović was the guest of honour at a business luncheon sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Montenegro…
Podgorica, Montenegro (8 June 2016) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications Vujica Lazović was the guest of honour at a business luncheon sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Montenegro.
DPM Lazović said that the development of information society in Montenegro is one of the basic prerequisites for its economic prosperity and competitiveness in the region and beyond. It also indicates that information society development plays an important role in the process of joining the European Union and NATO, he underlined.
“Modern technology is an engine for development in today’s highly globalised society and Montenegro cannot and must not be an exception,” said DPM Lazović.
He recalled that in the previous period Montenegro has made notable progress in developing information society. In that respect, Montenegro achieved excellent results in the short term, which were also acknowledged by relevant international institutions.
”We focus our efforts on building IT infrastructure, implementation of projects in the field of e – government, information society promotion and the adoption of legislation in this field.
Furthermore, we pay special attention to creating favourable business environment for the telecommunications sector development,” Deputy Prime Minister Lazović explained.
The ambition of the Ministry is to make Montenegro a highly developed information society. The key objectives are to advanced IT infrastructure, lower Internet costs, better coverage of 4G and 5G technologies, greater competitiveness and higher investments in this area, as well as wider use of modern technologies in the system of public administration.
He also noted that the legislation in the field of information society has been harmonised with that of the EU to a large extent, as evidenced by the European Commission’s report on Montenegro’s progress for 2015, in Chapter 10 dealing with information society and media. Minister Lazović announced that the new Information Society Development Strategy 2020 will define strategic directions of development in this area with a view to reaching EU standards set out in the Digital Agenda 2020 and the Single Digital Market Strategy. The document is divided into chapters that have been identified as key to achieving the EU standards in this field, namely: infrastructure for broadband internet access, information security, human resources, e-commerce, e-education, e-health, e-inclusion, e- administration and research, innovation and development.
Source: Government of Montenegro