The expansion of e-democracy in our society is of the upmost importance. Vinnytsia has great potential and IT capacity to develop the field of e-democracy. After all, e-democracy will promote greater transparency and openness in decision-making processes and services. This will lead to an overall increase in citizen awareness, optimize the city administration’s response capacity, and reduce bureaucracy.
This was discussed in the Vinnytsia Press Club during a press conference on the theme of e-democracy.
During the event, experts described how to use e-democracy to carry out qualitative and systematic public control.
Volodymyr Romanenko, Director of the Department Information Technologies in the Vinnytsia City Council outlined how, representatives of the local governments are set up to create a partnership between residents and the authorities.
"Nowdays citizens of Vinnytsia can ask questions to government and industry and which increases the number of answers and solutions to their problems. The EGAP Challenge project has already accomplished a lot, and we hope that after the four year project ends we will be at a high level in the field of e-democracy. "
According to the “Podolian Agency for Regional Development”’s "Laboratory of electronic democracy" project manager Oksana Grechko, during the recent International Forum in Vinnytsia, both Ukrainian and foreign experts agreed that Ukraine has significant potential to develop e-democracy, but requires appropriate technical and strategic planning support, implementation support, and the dissemination of tools.
The "Laboratory of Electronic Democracy" program is aimed at a broad information campaign focused on the population as to what e-democracy actually means.
"We want people to have the ability to offer their own vision of local and national development on the one hand, and on the other – to carry out qualitative and systematic public control", - said Oksana.
Deputy Director of Vinnytsia’s Center for Methodical Training and Professional Development of State Employees, Local Governments, State Enterprises, Institutions and Organizations, Sergiy Voitenko explained how to learn more about e-government, e-democracy, officials, and other local government representatives.
"The main goal of our Center is training. Currently, one of our key areas is training in the field of e-government, because we are also part of the EGAP Programme and have specific objectives for the development of e-democracy". He went on to talk about the implementation of this component of the program as "Capacity" - namely, conducting training sessions titled "IT management for public administration" in the city center.
Also, the participants learned about Vinnytsia’s hackathon, which was held as part of the EGAP Challenge.
"This aspect of the EGAP Challenge is the so-called creative weekend at iHub. Vinnytsia’s hackathon, featured 16 projects, with 3 winners. One of the projects, which failed in Vinnytsia originally, was modified, and took first place at the hackathon in Lutsk. This is evidence that Vinnytsia has great potential ", - said Ruslan Burlachenko.
According to the head of iHUB Vinnytsia, Ruslan Burlachenko, iHUB intends to promote the development of IT companies and doing business in the IT sector.