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Response to Crisis: Maximizing telecoms’ contribution to the economic recovery and digital transformation in BiH

June 23rd, 2021. / 13.30 – 18.00 CET

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zoom / Youtube Stream

 

AGENDA


13.30 – 13.45 Opening remarks, Haris Abaspahić, CPU

13.45 – 15.30 Panel 1: Telecommunications – Strategic Outlook
What are the global and regional trends affecting the development of the telecommunication industry?

13.45 – 14.00 Paul Harrison, Acting Director, Division for International Communications and Information, U.S. Department of State
14.00 – 14.15 Philippe Gerard, Adviser for Capacity Building and Cooperation with Third Countries, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), European Commission
14.15 – 14.30 Terry Halvorsen, General Manager for Client & Solutions Development, Federal and Public Sector, IBM US
14.30 – 14.45 Sanja Ribar, Regional Senior Manager for Telecoms, Ernst & Young
14.45 – 15.30 Discussion

Moderator: Haris Abaspahić, CPU

15.40 – 17.45 Panel 2: Strategic Choices and Timely Decision MakingEvolving Regulatory Framework and Market Realities
The current trends in the sector in BiH. Challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for digital economy advancements. How is the need for restructuring state-owned telecoms affecting the development of the sector in BiH?

15.40 – 15.55 Nedžad Branković, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communications and Transport of BiH
15.55 – 16.10 Miloš Šolaja, Member of the Council, Communications Regulatory Agency of BiH
16.10 – 16.25 Aida Soko, Advisor to Prime Minister of FBiH
16.25 – 16.40 Adnan Huremović, Executive Director for Technology and Service Development, BH Telecom
16.40 – 16.55 Alen Muslić, Executive Vice President, ZIRA
16.55 – 17.45 Discussion

Moderator: Adis Muhović, CPU


17.45 – 18.00
Closing remarks, Haris Abaspahić, CPU

Audience: Relevant ministries, members of relevant committees of state and entity levels parliaments, relevant development partners, NGOs, unions and business associations, academia, media, and general public.
 
To participate in the ZOOM conference you can apply at: https://bit.ly/CPUREG

You can also follow the conference live stream through the CPU YouTube channel, available at: youtube.com/user/cpubih.

 

About the conference:

Telecommunications are rapidly changing the ways we live, work, learn and entertain. Today, telecoms are key players to provide an enabling environment for the digital transformation of both businesses and governments. COVID-19 pandemic made this fact even more relevant.

Accessibility, reliability, and affordability of high-speed internet and digital services have been a precondition for maintaining business activities and public services. The pandemic has increased the demand for telecom services globally. Looking forward, rapid technological advancements will drive the economic post-pandemic recovery. Transitioning to 5G and the adoption of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things will require telecoms to quickly adapt, to drive new values to economies and societies.

In recent years, telecom operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina have made progress in infrastructure development, including expanding 4G networks. At the same time, the financial performances of the telecommunication industry have worsened. Since 2015, the total industry income declined by almost 15% to 633 million EUR in 2019, followed by decline of profit margins and investments increase of main telecoms in the country.

In 2019, the IMF reported that two main state-owned telecoms face low financial risks, but the value of both companies declined significantly, and that the sustainability of their business models may be in question. The debate about the future of those companies has been going on for over a decade now. While the Government of FBiH showed commitment in recent years to address the weaknesses of the current business models of both companies, no decisions have been made yet.

The purpose of this virtual conference is to promote timely and evidence-based policy debate about the ways to maximize the contributions of telecoms to the economic recovery and digital economy advancements in the country. The conference is organized by Centre for Policy and Governance (CPU), supported by Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) US. The conference brings together decision makers, representatives of the telecom industry and international expertise in order to address the following questions:

  • What are the key global and regional trends that affect the development of the telecommunication industry in BiH?
  • How did telecoms respond to the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid digital transformation needs?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities for leading telecoms to optimize their contributions to productivity gains and digital economy advancements in BiH?
  • Whether the need for restructuring state-owned telecoms is hindering the development of the sector?

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Call for participation: Round table „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative people“

Tuesday, 05/20/2014, 10:00h – 13:00h

Place: Hotel Bosnia, Sarajevo

Centre for Policy and Governance within its program "Road to recovery" is organizing a round table "BH creative industries - Startup for creative people", as a continuation of the dialogue on the development of creative industries through the "road to recovery" and the discussion about the impact of this sector on economic development of BiH.

Centre for Policy and Governance, CPU will present research results on creative industries in BiH. Kolektiv d.o.o. will present the concept of Startup and the work of the first bosnian startup accelerator BIZOO. British Council which is dedicated to promoting of entrepreneurship in creative industries and self-employment will present successful projects in these areas.

AGENDA

10.00 – 10.15: Registration and media statements

10.15 - 11.00: Intro speaches

Agnesa Šećerkadić, Centre for Policy and Governance

Edin Mehić, executive director of Kolektiv d.o.o. and founder of the first bosnian startup acclerator BIZOO

Larisa Halilović, director of British Council in BiH

11.00 – 11.30: Questions for presenters and discussion

11.30 – 12.00: Conclusions and final words

12.00 – 12.30: Lunch

Call for participation: Round table „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative workers“

It is our pleasure to invite you to the round table: „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative workers“.

In order to continue the dialogue of creative industries development, Centre for Policy and Governance, in association with the first bosnian startup accelerator BIZOO and British Council in BiH organizes the round table „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative workers“. The round table will be held on Tuesday, 20.05.2014., from 10:00 to 13:00 at the hall of hotel Bosnia in Sarajevo.

Presenters at the round table are:

Agnesa Šećerkadić, Centre for Policy and Governance

Edin Mehić, executive director of Kolektiv Ltd and founder of the first bosnian startup acclerator BIZOO

Larisa Halilović, director of British Council in BiH

 

Centre for Policy and Governance, CPU will present research results on creative industries in BiH. Kolektiv Ltd will present the concept of Startup and the work of the first bosnian startup accelerator BIZOO. British Council which is dedicated to promoting of entrepreneurship in creative industries and self-employment will present successful projects in these areas.

Due to limited number of participants we ask you to confirm your participation by 19.05.2014. on email info@cpu.org.ba or phone number 033 838 419.

 

For additional information contact:

Centre for Policy and Governance

Pehlivanuša 1/2, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH

info@cpu.org.ba

www.cpu.org.ba

Roundtable:

'Reform and modernization of State aid as a precondition for economic development'

Monday, 4. february 2014, 10.00AM - 2.00PM

Hotel Bristol Mostar (Mostarskog bataljona bb, 88000 Mostar)

 

Within the project "Implementation of the Law on State Aid of BiH and better distribution of aid" funded by the U.S. Embassy in BiH under the Small Grants Program, CPU prepared an analysis comprising in a comprehensive review of state aid in the EU, and the proposed basic guidelines and policies in BiH. Bosnia and Herzegovina has started the process of reform of state aid, which is one of the most important commitments in the accession process to the European Union.

This document will be presented on Monday, 4. february, 2014. in Hotel Bristol in Mostar from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Our guest, Ms. Martina Štorek, Agency for Protection of Competition of Republic of Croatia, State aid Department, will present the Croatian experience in the reform of state aid.

PROGRAM


10.00 – 10:15 Registration of participants and media statements


10.15 – 10.45 Introductory statements
Asja Čengić, CPU executive Director
Representative of U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mira Vujeva, Deputy Chairman of the BiH Council for State aid


10.45 – 11.15 Presentation of analysis comprising in a comprehensive review of state aid in the EU, and proposition of basic guidelines and policies in BiH.

Goran Dostić, author, CPU


11.15 – 11.30 Coffe break


11.30 – 12.00 Experiences of the Croatian negotiations with the EU, selected institutional solutions and current problems in the management of state aid
Martina Štorek, Agency for Protection of Competition, State aid Department, Republic of Croatia


12.00 – 12.45 Discussion
Moderator: Lejla Dragnić, CPU


12.45 – 13.00 Conclusions and final statements
Lejla Dragnić, CPU


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch for the participants of the round table

 

This project is enabled with generous support of the American people through the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo . All views, opinions and conclusions in this website do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Government, but only the author.”


Centre for Policy and Governance is suppored by the OSI Think Tank Fund, within development of policies and this project

PUBLICATIONS

The last time the minimum wage was determined in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was in 2016, and there is no doubt that it needs to be raised. However, an excessive and sudden increase may lead to undesired consequences and jeopardize the very groups of workers this help is intended for. Inter alia, it may lead to the rise in youth and women unemployment, threaten the competitiveness of private sector and lead to significant rise in wages in public companies, even in cases of workers who currently earn significantly above the minimum wage. Therefore, the key question is how to strike a balance between real needs and unrealistic demands and this analysis is aimed at offering several guidelines to that effect.

Details

We have explored informal markets in the four South-East Europe economies, investigated drivers for engaging in informal activities and provided policy recommendations for reducing the informal sector. The study comprises findings of both primary and secondary research. Primary research included a quantitative survey on a representative sample of around 4 thousand respondents across four countries.

Details

CPU advocates for the broader debate about this topic, which is rather limited today, to support the processes and related decisions. This debate should bring closer divided opinions about ways to maximize contributions of those important assets to the economy and the society as whole. More precisely, we should look into market developments, telecoms’ performances, and business models to address following questions: How to improve the quality and affordability of services; What is an optimal / expected contribution of telecoms to productivity gains and digital economy development?; What are expected financial and fiscal implications/benefits to the economy and citizens of telecom operations in FBiH?; What are necessary deregulations to support effective sector development?

Details

COVID-19 crisis has had a tremendous economic impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). It is estimated that the country will enter a recession of 5%, which implies a number of negative economic indicators – decrease in exports, rise of unemployment and possible rise of interest rates, budget instability and the like. Of particular concern is the rise of unemployment and decrease in BH diaspora support, which is very important for the BH economy. COVID-19 has mainly endangered the service sector, i.e. all businesses that depend on the so-called "moment of truth" – the direct contact with customers. There are many micro-enterprises and crafts operating within the service sector, while freelancers are mainly exposed to the crisis due to the decrease in global demand for their services (exports).

Details

The impact of socio-economic factors on student achievements during their education and long-term educational outcomes are one of the challenges that have so far passed under the radar of educational policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In numerous reform efforts to improve the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a strategy that would address the importance of socio-economic opportunities in the education of individuals was missing, which implies that this issue is not addressed at the educational practices level.

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The analysis shows research on how the banking sector in B&H can improve economic growth, and how sector reforms contained in the Extended Fund Facility program with IMF can influence on credit expansion and the stability of the financial sector.

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No matter the destiny of the IMF arrangement, for the final finding of the solution when it comes to BH Telecom, it is necessary to conduct the due diligence analysis and to agree upon a plan of future work of BH Telecom as soon as possible.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina urgently needs an improvement of business climate and one of the key tools to accomplish this goal is the introduction of electronic services.

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This analysis suggests few steps aiming to halt the decrease of the average class size in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and points out the necessity of shifting the focus on teachers' competencies and qualities as a precondition for better education.

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The analysis of 'The Advantages of TIMSS Introduction into BiH Educational System' contains conclusions and recommendations for its implementation and suggests that regular conduction of TIMSS is necessary, since this kind of international testing enables continuous monitoring and comparison with other systems and provides a clear picture on what has to be done.

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23 June

Response to Crisis: Maximizing telecoms’ contribution to the economic recovery and digital transformation in BiH

The conference is organized by Centre for Policy and Governance (CPU), supported by Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) US. Structured in two panels, this conference brings together decision makers, representatives of the telecom industry and international expertise.

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20 May

Round table „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative entrepreneurs"“

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4 February

Round table: "reform and modernization of State aid as a precondition for economic development"

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