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Wednesday, 19 May 2004
 09.00-09.30 Welcome and Opening Session
  • Mr. Oscar de Bruyn Kops, Country Manager, World Bank – Bulgaria Office
  • Prof. Boyan Biolchev, Rector, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman, ARC Fund

Mrs. Lydia Shouleva
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy
  The Four Knowledge Economy ‘Pillars’ of the World Bank, Mr. Jean-Eric Aubert, Lead Specialist, WBI Knowledge for Development, The World Bank Institute
 10.10-10.30 Coffee break
 10.30-12.00 Session One: From Transition to Knowledge Economy Transformation
Chairman: Mr. Ivaylo Kalfin, Economic Adviser to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • National Innovation System – a Key Ingredient of the Knowledge Economy, Mr. Dimitar Ivanovsky, Deputy Minister of Economy
  • Human Capacity Building for the Knowledge Economy, representative of the Ministry of Education and Science
  • ICT Infrastructure Trends, representative of the Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Investment in knowledge as a commitment to growth, Mr. Pavel Ezekiev, President, Foreign Investment Agency
  • Competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy based on wider ŕpplication of high technologies, Ms. Sasha Bezouhanova, Vice President, Bulgarian International Business Association (BIBA)
  • The need for an integrated approach to knowledge economy policies – open and integrated networks, Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, Economic Program Coordinator, Center for the Study of Democracy
 12.00-13.30 Lunch
 13.30-15.15 Session Two: Research, Technology and Innovation
Chairman: Dr. Roumen Nikolov, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Bulgaria’s Performance in the European Innovation Scoreboard, Prof. Rossitsa Chobanova, Economic Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Building innovation capacity through business incubation systems, Dr. Panagiotis Damaskopoulos, Executive Director, European Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR), Paris, France
  • Innovation in knowledge-based services, Mr. Georgi Sharkov, President, Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASSCOM)
  • Technology Transfer Networks: Mr. Georgi Voutev, GIS Transfer Center, Ms. Stella Dimitrova, IRC – Bulgaria, Mr. Mircho Mirchev, MSI-Bulgaria
  • PRO INNO – Opportunities for Bulgarian-German cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Applied Research, Ms. Maria Stefanova-Pavlova, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer - Global
  • Discussion
 15.15-15.45 Coffee Break
 15.30-17.30 Session Three: Education and Social Capital Formation
Chairman: Ms Dinka Dinkova, ARC Fund
  • Challenges to education in the knowledge economy, Dr. Roumen Nikolov, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • The role of adult education in social capital formation, Ms. Irina Radevska, Higher Education Policy Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science
  • The value of human capital and intangible assets, Mr. Mario Spatafora, General Secretary, EFFEBI - Finance&Banking Association and Professor in Training and Organizational Development at the III University in Rome
  • Overcoming the shortage of ICT skills – an important condition for developing a knowledge economy, Mr. Martin Bankov, Manager, Education Programs, Microsoft-Bulgaria
  • Building and preserving e-skills, Dr. Elissaveta Gurova, Centre of Information Society Technologies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
  • Discussion
Thursday, 20 May 2004
 09.00-10.45 Session Four: Challenges to ICT Development
Chairman: Mr. Alexander Ognianov, Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Factors for success and failure of information society policies in the EU regions, Mrs. Corina Pascu, European Commission, Joint Research Center –Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC/IPTS)
  • The strategy for development of the Bulgarian ICT industry, Mr. Orlin Kouzov, CEO, ICT Development Agency, Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • The e-Bulgaria Report – gauging the state of information society development, Mr. Todor Yalamov, IT Group Coordinator, ARC Fund
  • Balanced score-card for the implementation of Bulgaria’s e-government strategy, Mr. Kamen Spassov, Coordination Center for Information, Communication and Management Technologies, Council of Ministers
  • Discussion
 10.45-11.15 Coffee Break
 11.15-13.30 Round Table: The Economic Framework of the Knowledge Society
Chairman: Dessislava Danina, Nova TV
  • Financial framework for the knowledge economy, Mr. Lubomir Datsov, Deputy Minister of Finance
  • The role of knowledge economy for economic growth, Mr. Mincho Karavastev, Bulgarian National Bank
  • Macroeconomic outlook to the knowledge economy, Mr. Georgi Stoeff, Industry Watch
  • Financial incentives for the uptake of ICTs in Bulgarian society, Mr. Milcho Borov, Member of the Board, Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT)
  • Discussion
 13.30 Close of the conference

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