PREDA┬áPlus Foundation, as part of the IME program (jointly implemented by Swisscontact worldwide, and financially supported by the SDC, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), successfully supported the process of public – private dialogue in the ICT sector through preparation of the draft national short-term ICT strategy for the period 2016 – 2017, and its action plan.

At the public consultation for the strategy, which was organized by the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, attended the representatives of public, private and academic sectors in the country, and Deputy Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Catherine Shtoker.

The main goal of this paper is to present measures aiming to increase the contribution of the ICT industry towards sustainable economic development and to support job creation in the ICT and other industries supported by focusing on the following four areas: providing business support for ICT companies, creating an ICT society, promote public-private dialogue and improving formal and informal education, including lifelong learning. The strategy covers the period until 2017 and is the first step towards a long-term strategy.

In the preparation of the National Short-term ICT strategy were included: Economic Chamber of Macedonia, ICT chamber at the Chambers of Commerce of Macedonia, MASIT, FINKI, FAIT, “Goce Delchev” University from Stip, South East European University, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University – Bitola, the University of Information Sciences and Technology “St. Apostle Paul” – Ohrid, Agency for Electronic Communications, Agency of audio and audio-visual media services and the Fund for innovation and technological development.

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