On September 23, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov met with international partners.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which envisages, in particular, the implementation of Phase II of the E-Governance for Accountability and Participation Program (EGAP), to be executed by the East Europe Foundation with the assistance of the INNOVABRIDGE Foundation. From the Ukrainian side, the document was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, from Switzerland - by the Head of Cooperation, the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine Nicole Ruder, and was witnessed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Ukraine Claude Wild.
During the meeting, Mykhailo Fedorov noted: “Digitalization is a priority direction of Ukraine's development. In public administration, this means a complete change in the philosophy of communication between the state and the Government - the introduction of convenient and useful e-services and tools of e-democracy. Such transformations are impossible without the support of international donors. That is why we are happy to prolong our cooperation with the Swiss-Ukrainian EGAP Program and we believe that this cooperation will be realized in projects that are useful for Ukrainian society."
The Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation have joined efforts to implement the second phase of the EGAP program, which will be implemented during the next four years. The EGAP Swiss-Ukrainian program aims to help citizens, including vulnerable groups, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and businesses to gain greater access to public services and to use them more actively. That will facilitate the reducing of corruption and increasing trust in the authorities. In particular, the program was designed to help State and local authorities to provide public services more efficiently and transparently through enhanced capabilities and new eGovernment tools developed in an inclusive manner.
Apart from that, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov had a working meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine Tobias Thyberg. In the event were participating First Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Oleksiy Vyskub, Sida Programme Director of U-LEAD with Europe Kameran Khudur, Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Liudmyla Riabchynska.
The topic of the meeting was support rendered by Sweden for e-governance reform in Ukraine. Among the issues discussed, the interlocutors focused on support for further implementation of the Trembita and the Vulyk projects, bringing state registers in order, digitization in service delivery processes (both online and offline - in administrative service provision centers), forming of a transparent pricing policies in the administrative services provision, the importance of processing citizens' feedback as an effective indicator of the quality of administrative services reform.
The parties agreed on substantive consultations on a number of key aspects of the reform in order to deepen cooperation in both eGovernment sector and infrastructure development.