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EaP Innovations Update: October-December 2018

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October-December 2018

The update informs on the recent developments in the six EaP countries in the area of innovations, digitalization, e-Government and e-commerce. Institute of Innovative Governance believes that innovations and rapid economic development will foster EaP’s integration to the European Union.

Moldova

Moldova has launched a new electronic procurement system which will radically transform the way public funds are spent in the country.


October 2018

The new approach was introduced jointly by (EBRD), the World Trade Organisation and Moldova’s Ministry of Finance. It provides full transparency, openness and accountability in a major step in the fight against corruption. Benefits of e-procurement also include improvements in market access and competition, promotion of integrity, reduced information costs and easier access to information.

More on Emerging Europe: https://emerging-europe.com/news/moldova-steps-up-fight-against-corruption-with-new-e-procurement-system/

 

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development seeks consultants in drafting documents for renewable energy tenders in Moldova

October 2018

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it is inviting expressions of interest for consultancy services in developing documents for renewable energy auctions that will be conducted in 2019 and 2020 in Moldova. The consultancy services will support the Moldovan authorities in further developing the necessary framework for the implementation of a competitive procurement scheme to support renewable energy within the country. The assignment, which is expected to start before the end of 2018, has an estimated overall duration of up to 8 months and a cost of 250,000 euro ($289,000)

The relevant Moldovan authorities are committed to reaching a target of at least 10% of total electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020, under the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Topics such as sustainability and green development are becoming increasingly popular in Moldova, especially after the launch of the UNDP project ‘Moldova Sustainable Green Cities’.

More on Renewables Now: https://renewablesnow.com/news/ebrd-seeks-consultants-in-drafting-documents-for-renewable-energy-tenders-in-moldova-630354/

 Georgia

UNStudio Begins Construction on Visionary Financial Forum in Georgia

December 2018

A new visionary and innovative Headquarter for the TBC Bank, together with an Innovation Lab will be built in the Tbilisi in the upcoming months. Situated in the natural surroundings of the Lisi Lake resort, the TBC Forum is composed of three primary programs, forming three clusters connected around a public esplanade. The TBC HQ will act as the headquarters of TBC Bank, while the Innovation Lab will form a new center for research and idea generation. Lastly, the Culture Hub will incorporate galleries, restaurants, daycare, and co-working spaces, enabling interaction between different fields of interest related to business and innovation.

More on Archdaily : https://www.archdaily.com/907863/unstudio-begins-construction-on-visionary-financial-forum-in-georgia

Belarus

Belarus’ High-Technologies Park (HTP) has established new rules for the operation of the cryptocurrency.

December 2018

The HTP, commonly known as the Belarusian Silicon Valley, is a national special economic zone contributing to the Belarusian IT business. HTP is also responsible for establishing the regulation under which the cryptocurrency industry would be regulated in the country.

Recently, HTP has approved a new set of regulatory documents which define the requirements for various types of businesses related to cryptocurrencies and the general rules for industry regulations.

Now that these rules have been accepted by the national authorities, they form a complete legal framework of cryptocurrency in Belarus, in line with the government’s strategy of economic digitalization.

More on Cointelegraph: https://cointelegraph.com/news/belarus-high-tech-park-releases-complete-legal-regulations-for-cryptocurrencies

 

UNDP Green Cities project in Belarus expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90,000t

December 2018

Three pilot initiatives of the UNDP project “Supporting Green Urban Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities in Belarus (Green Cities)” for 2016-2021 will help reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90,000 tonnes, project manager Irina Usova told a press conference in BelTA’s press center.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in 2016-2021

More on BelTA’s: https://eng.belta.by/society/view/undp-green-cities-project-in-belarus-expected-to-reduce-co2-emissions-by-more-than-90000t-117254-2018/

Ukraine

Solar panels unveiled at Chernobyl nuclear power site

October 2018

Ukraine launches its first solar plant in the abandoned area around the former nuclear power station. The Chernobyl plant was decommissioned and forced to close in 2000. The area around the plant is now part of an exclusion zone spanning 1,000 square miles (2,600 sq km)

Ukraine has now launched its first solar plant in the abandoned area around the former power station. The site will create enough energy to power around 2,000 households.

More on BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45771188

 

Ukraine is launching a state fund to finance country’s tech startups

November 2018

On Nov. 7, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the fund with a budget of Hr 50 million, or $1.8 million.

It’s officially called the Innovation Development Fund and also known as the Ukrainian National Startup Fund. Its operations will get under way in 2019. Deborah Fairlamb, an independent business consultant from the United States, has been working on its launch for nearly a year. The $1.8 million will go to finance up to 60 tech companies a year, each of which is eligible to receive from $25,000 to $75,000.

More on Kyiv Post: https://www.kyivpost.com/technology/ukraines-taxpayers-to-finance-state-startup-fund-with-1-8-million-budget.html

 

Armenia

Armenia is about to receive the largest grant in nature protection sector

November 2018

The government has approved the proposal to sign a 23,208,000 Euro grant agreement with KfW for the biodiversity and sustainable local development program in Armenia.

The Armenian minister of nature protection Erik Grigoryan said that the duration of the program is envisaged at 8 years and it will ensure the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources in areas rich in biodiversity.

More on ARMENPRESS: https://armenpress.am/eng/news/955421.html

 

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani president and First Lady inaugurate administrative building of E-Government Development Center

November 2018

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the inauguration of the administrative building of E-Government Development Center under the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The building will feature the INNOLAND Incubation and Acceleration Center as well as the IT Training and Education Center. Also, the IT Training and Education Center is a place where young people will be taught programming, information technologies and coding skills.

More on TrendNewsAgency: https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/politics/2978590.html

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