Launch of the National Open Data Portal

Oct 12, 2017

Ms. Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia

The National Open Data Portal (www.data.gov.rs), a central place where the data of state authorities will be aggregated and made available to citizens, companies and NGOs, was presented today under the project “Open Data – Open Opportunities”. Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia, announced that the portal will contribute to economic development and better availability of information for citizens. As she pointed out, opening the data of all state institutions in Serbia could lead to GDP growth of 1%, and an improvement in the employment rate of up to 2%, as is the case with other European countries.

In order to open up the data and develop knowledge and skills for their processing over the next two years, and to involve business, the scientific community, civil society and the media, the Government of Serbia’s Office for IT and eGovernment and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a protocol on cooperation on the project “Open Data – Open Opportunities”.

Karla Hershey, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Serbia and Resident Representative of the UNDP, pointed out that, in addition to allowing innovation in business, which stimulates economic growth, open data contribute to overall sustainable development of the society, especially in areas such as education, environmental protection and public finance. “Open Data also enables greater transparency of the work of state bodies and encourages the public to be involved in the decision-making process,” Hershey added.

Denis Keefe, Ambassador to Serbia of the UK, representatives of the World Bank and Swedish Agency for International Development SIDA also participated at the portal launch event and talked about their support for the opening of public data in Serbia.

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