Implementing Gov’t cloud system to create 106,000 jobs, 2014-2020


Romania will have a cloud-type infrastructure dedicated to developing the efficiency of public institutions, valued at RON 76.2 million (approximately 16 million euros). The project for it was officially unveiled at a specialist conference organised on Wednesday by the Bucharest National Institute for Research and Development in Information Sciences (ICI), the program developer, according to Agerpres.
Funds for the project, for which a public auction started on April 1, come from structural funds and are coordinated under the Intermediary Body for Promoting the Information Society (OIPSI) of the Ministry for Information Society.
ICI Bucharest started an open auction on Tuesday for the implementation of this cloud computing platform for public institutions, according to information posted in the Electronic Public Acquisition System (SEAP).
The deadline for the submission of offers or requests to participate is May 21, 2014. The bids will be opened on May 22.
The project is in line with provisions of the general objective of the Operational Programme Increasing Economic Competitiveness (POSCCE), for increased productivity in all sectors and reducing the productivity gap between Romania’s and the EU average, so that by 2015 Romania may reach 55 per cent of the average EU productivity levels.
The complete implementation of a governmental cloud system in the next months would create in Romania around 106,000 jobs in 2014-2020 and will lead to a decrease in public administration spending of 196 million euros per year, Diana Voicu, secretary of state with the Ministry for the Informational Society (MSI), told a specialist conference on Wednesday, according to Agerpres.
She showed that Romania is now part of the group of European countries that have viable projects in the cloud computing area, after last year it was part of the group of states that were hesitant on the matter.
“Romania, together with Poland, Cyprus and Malta in 2013 were amongst the hesitant European Union members regarding Information Society plans. This year, things are already changing. We have this clear project that will probably start in a few months’ time. Good news, since cloud computing in the Digital Agenda 2020 is a bridge head that should change the paradigm of the world we live in. The vision we had two years ago is now coming to fruition. The estimates in Romania’s Digital Agenda lead to far greater necessary values for completing this concept that will be implemented in Romania. If I’m not mistaken, we have around 70 million euros that will probably be allocated in the 2014-2020 fiscal period, with 860 million euros in funds allocated for the construction of the Digital Agenda,” said Voicu.

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