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PRESS: Central public hearing on draft Law on electronic identification and electronic signature

PRESS: Central public hearing on draft Law on electronic identification and electronic signature
Published date: 01.11.2016 14:04 | Author: MIDT

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Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications, in order to open discussion and active participation ofall stakeholders, held a public hearing on draft Law on electronic identification and electronic signature.

In the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications, Vujica Lazović addressed to audience stating that the adoption of the new Law on electronic identification and electronic signature creates a legal basis for further development of electronic commerce in Montenegro, as well as full harmonization with European regulations. This Act resolve the main problems that hinder and prevent citizens and businesses to take advantage of electronic services, thus accelerating progress in key areas of the digital economy with particular attention to facilitating the attribution of secure electronic identification.

Through the prism of the main tasks of the Ministry, vice President Lazović pointed out that the basic condition for eCommerce well and reliable functioning in the economy and administration, is existence of a system of unambiguous, unequivocal and undeniable electronic identification (eID), which is the legal basis for the functioning of electronic business and administrative processes and the exchange of electronic data and documents.

Secure and reliable electronic transactions are the pillars for building confidence in electronic commerce, which should be one of the key factors for the development of the information society, as well as for economic and social development accompanied by modern technologies, pointed out in his speech Deputy Prime Minister Lazović.

The essence of the Draft Law on electronic identification and electronic signature explained Secretary of the Ministry Mrs. Sandra Veličković pointing out that the purpose of this law is strengthening confidence in online business.

This is, having in mind our circumstances, the challenge and opportunity. The challenge, because despite the fact that Montenegro, according to a survey of World Economic Forum's competitiveness in the field of ICT, occupies a high 51 place in the competition of 139 countries in the world. When it comes to the use of ICT in business we can be proud of the results. According to the use of ICT in transactions between businesses, Montenegro occupy 90 place, of Internet usage in transactions between businesses and customers place 84, and even 96 place when it comes to the implementation of new organizational models like long distance work. Therefore, for a small and open economy such as Montenegro, there stands a greater chance to, through the application of ICT, improve business competitiveness of the economy and encourage its growth, said Veličković and explained why it is important to improve the legal framework for the development of electronic commerce and that the draft law represents a normative breakthrough in this regard.

The practical implementation of the law has multiple advantages, particularly for business. Today, the signing of treaties and agreements significantly slows business operations. Therefore, in Europe is mentioned the concept of "digital management contracts" which means that all stages of the negotiations until the conclusion of contracts complete electronically. According to the research, EC can bring up to five times lower rates, up to 30% increase in productivity and up to four times faster answers to customer requirements. The application of the law can have a positive impact on a wide range of business processes of lending, said Veličković with the conclusion that we are facing a challenging job to encourage the economy to use electronic form of identification in order to transform the company's business to grow and then grow the country's economy.

Public hearing was attended by representatives of state bodies, institutions and NGOs, who gave many useful comments and suggestions on the proposed draft law.