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A high level official delegation from the Biscayan Government,
comprising the Honourable Mr. Iñaki Hidalgo, Minister of Economy and
Public Affairs (Regional Government of Biscay), members of its
cabinet and a group of Bizcayan business leaders visited Mr.
Pierre-Francois Unger Minister of Economy and Health of the State
Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva as well as business
- The visit was aimed at studying the Geneva
experience in electronic government, e-voting and the Geneva Security
Forum (GSF) as well as exchanging opinions, experiences and best
practices learned from the deployment of eGovernment services on
their respective regions. The delegation also learnt about the
advantages of WISeKey technologies and how to apply them in further
advancing Bizcayan's eGovernment systems using cutting edge
technologies and methodologies developed by WISeKey and Microsoft for
a new paradigm in citizen-centric e-government services.
The visit began with a meeting with Minister Unger, who gave a
comprehensive review on how the Geneva Government was processing
eGovernment projects and cyber administration, including its main
components, the process of deploying the system to citizens and
obstacles encountered by the deployment process. He also placed great
emphasis on involving the health sectors and other stakeholders from
the out set of the eGovernment process.
The discussions will continue in Bilbao this year, as per the
extended invitation to the Geneva authorities made by Mr. Hidalgo.
The delegation also held a meeting with Michel Chevallier, in
charge of communication of the eVoting project in Geneva, developed
by the State's Centre of information technologies (CTI) with two
companies operating in Geneva, Hewlett-Packard and WiseKey. The
delegation ended its visit with extended meetings with Mr. Roger
Tondeur, CEO MCI Events on possible cooperation with the Bilbao
Exhibition Center, and Mr. Philippe Doubre, Secretary General World
Trade Center to discuss the possible implementation of a World Trade
Center in Bilbao.
At the end of the visit, after visiting the United Nations
headquarters in Geneva and CERN, the Biscayan delegation praised the
Geneva eGovernment experience and expressed thanks and gratitude for
the support that WISeKey is providing to both cities in developing
the required infrastructures and technologies to compete on
international markets in the area of security and egovernment.
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