At its meeting on Wednesday, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has endorsed the Concept for the development of a digital economy of Ukraine with modifications until 2020, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Our ambitious goal is to reach 5% of GDP by 2021 through the development of a digital economy”, - Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mykhaylo Titarchuk announced during the presentation of the document at the Cabinet meeting.
Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv said that around a third of Ukraine’s rural population do not have broadband Internet access, 53% of schools and 99% of healthcare institutions are not connected to the Internet.
“We have determined around 50 indicators of Ukraine’s digital development. By the way, one of the key points of the set of measures is indicators of digital infrastructure development, particularly, maximum broadband Internet coverage”, - Titarchuk added.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin pointed out the need to confirm the funding declared by the budget and asked Prime Minister to take responsibility for this area.
According to Klimkin, the strategy is very important not only due to its economic benefit, but also due to the social one.
“We have grown used to electronic petitions, but there is an aspect regarding electronic elections. The fact that we are endorsing this document today, demonstrates our political responsibility on the part of support for electronic voting”, - Head of Foreign Ministry remarked.