The World's Second

During the Diia in Zurich Summit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, marking the establishment of the world’s second Global Government Technology Center.

This center, to be based in Kyiv, will spearhead the digital transformation of the government, foster the development of e-government, and enhance digital skills. It will join the World Economic Forum’s network of Centers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR). The first Center for Global Government Technology is already making strides in Berlin, Germany.

The Diia in Zurich summit, held today, May 29, in Switzerland, witnessed the signing of the memorandum to inaugurate the Global Government Technology Center Kyiv (GGTC Kyiv). The signatories included Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies — Minister of Digital Transformation, Mirek Dušek, World Economic Forum Managing Director, Alois Zwinggi, World Economic Forum Managing Director, and Victor Liakh, President of East Europe Foundation.

Mykhailo Fedorov highlighted that Ukraine’s selection as the second country to host such a Center was no coincidence.

“It is surely no coincidence, as we have created one of the best technological solutions for Governments, the Diia. It’s gratifying to see international partners recognizing Diia as a comprehensive case study, and Ukraine’s digital transformation journey as a model for other countries,” he stated.

 Mirek Dušek, Director of the World Economic Forum, emphasized that the Ukrainian Center would harness the potential of digital technologies for public services and open up new opportunities.

“The Center will act as a catalyst for public-private sector cooperation, fostering the growth of digital technologies and innovations during a critical period for Ukraine and Europe,” the WEF Director said.

East Europe Foundation will oversee the Center’s administration and ensure its efficient operation.

 “The establishment of the Global Government Technology Center in Kyiv, supported by East Europe Foundation, reinforces Ukraine’s position as a global innovator in digital solutions. We are ready to share our top-notch govtech practices and experiences with the world,” Victor Liakh, President of East Europe Foundation, said.

The decision to open the Center in Kyiv was made in January of this year, during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The signing of the Memorandum marks the next phase in the realization of this project.