CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Centre for Technology and Economic Development has two departments: CENTRE FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (CPPP) andCENTER FOR ADVANCED AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CAIT)

CENTRE FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (CPPP)

CPPP is the outcome of many years' debate on the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, confidence and the prospects of civil society. The private sector of the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot function in the absence of harmonious relations with the public sphere of the economy. This calls for the anticipation and strengthening of partnerships and the efficiency of these two domains of the economy. The founders of CPPP are businessmen from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who seek to initiate a wide-ranging debate and projects to link all the factors of the development of the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The founders believe that only by means of an articulated influence on legislative and executive government will it be possible to build a new social environment for the development of free enterprise and a society of public/private partnership. This is simultaneously a call for a new understanding of the relations between politics, culture and the economy, with concomitant insights into the need for a partnership between the public and the private spheres and a relationship of compatibility between social demands and research-based solutions.

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CAIT)

CAIT has been founded as a forum of local and foreign factors in the preservation, development and transfer of advanced and information technology in all spheres of the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the firm belief of the founders and members of CAIT that the sustainable and compatible involvement of the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina in global trends demands that it be linked with global technological and informational trends. Only with the organization of existing forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina and their influence on current policy will it be possible to achieve a developmental partnership in those integrational and collaborative trends. CAIT is thus a forum of business people, politicians and civil servants from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are taking responsibility for the compatible modernization of the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina at all levels, from primary education to complex industrial conglomerates. The founding of CAIT is also a call to professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina based elsewhere in the world to contribute to the transition and revival of the society and state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

ABOUT THE CENTRE

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CAIT)

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The International Forum Bosnia (IFB), as a component of its Bosnia Research and Development, Phase II (BOSRED II) Programme, is planning to establish a new and autonomous thematic Center of research focusing on the development of modern economic development modeling relating to advanced and information technologies, beginning in January 2002. Advanced technologies are the engines that fuel the vast majority of the world's modern economic development. Advanced technologies incorporate a wide variety of specializations, including electronic and optical technologies, bio-medical technologies, energy resource management technologies, and advanced computing technologies, to name just a few. Not only are the technologies themselves important to the governments and private sector companies that develop and exploit these technologies, but the intellectual knowledge relating to the development of the technologies are also an extraordinarily valuable asset which has the potential to generate cross-sectoral collaboration and diverse revenue opportunities.

Advanced technologies are often co-developed between the private sector and the academic research and development laboratories within a region. Advanced technology research and development is seen as a vital component so as to develop a BiH economy that is both market driven as well as regionally stable and secure. Information technologies are the infrastructural components which provide the communications and knowledge management foundations for the development of a modern society, including the development of advanced technologies. These components generally include data communications infrastructure networks as well as the software tools which provide various social, private, and government sectors to manage and share data and knowledge between each other. Information technologies are the management tools of the "New Economy."

The IFB Center for Advanced and Information Technologies will bring together scientists, engineers, economists, government officials, private sector leaders and international specialists so as to provide BiH with thoughtful and independent dialogue and recommendations addressing the following general topics:
  • Identification of and priority recommendations for the development of advanced technology research and development within the private sector.
  • Identification of and priority recommendations for the development of advanced technology research and development within the academic sector.
  • Identification of priority recommendations for the collaboration of research and development between the private and academic sectors.
  • Issues relating to knowledge and technology transfer, and its impact upon revenue generation for both the private and academic sectors.
  • Issues relating to knowledge and technology transfer, and its impact upon lessening the tax burdens of a government and its constituent societies.
  • Issues relating to an information technologies infrastructure that is required to serve as the communications and knowledge management network between the private and academic sectors, and each of the network participants.
  • Identification of and priority recommendations for the development of a nation-wide IT infrastructure that is vital for the modernization of the BiH economic and social sectors.
  • Collaboration with the IFB Center for Public-Private Partnership Development so as to develop an effective methodology for the short- and long-term project and corporate financing that will be required for the development of advanced and information technologies throughout BiH.

CENTRE FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (CPPP)

More about the Center
The International Forum Bosnia (IFB), as a component of its Bosnia Research and Development, Phase II (BOSRED II) Programme, is planning to establish a new and autonomous thematic Center of research focusing on the development of modern economic development modeling of public-private partnerships, beginning in January 2002. Public private partnerships (PPPs) are arrangements between government and private sector entities for the purpose of providing public infrastructure, community facilities and related services. Such partnerships are characterized by the sharing of investment, risk, responsibility and reward between the partners. The reasons for establishing such partnerships vary, but generally involve the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure and services. PPPs will play an increasingly important role as BiH transitions from an international donor supported economy to an independent and self-sustaining economy.

The IFB Center for Public-Private Partnership Development will bring together economists, legal experts, government officials, private sector leaders and international specialists so as to provide BiH with thoughtful and independent dialogue and recommendations addressing the following general topics:
  • The potential benefits and risks of public private partnerships.
  • Broad guidelines as to when public private partnership should be considered.
  • The legislative changes as well as the legislative authority that national and local governments will require for the effective use of public private partnerships.
  • The unique policy, procedural and organizational issues of public private partnerships compared to traditional approaches to service delivery and infrastructure projects.
  • Ways national and local governments can prepare for public private partnerships, including the adoption of policies, the revision or elaboration of existing procedures and identification of required organizational changes.
  • Guidelines to help national and local governments select the appropriate approach for the delivery of services and infrastructure, including an evaluation of the types of projects and aspects of service delivery that lend themselves to public private partnerships.
  • Overall criteria to help determine potential public private partnership opportunities.
  • Identifying priority infrastructural, community facilities and related services for BiH as a nation and within local regions.
  • The process of designing an effective implementation strategy for public private partnerships, including advice and guidelines on how to establish a project team, refine the scope of a project, select the preferred procurement process, establish a schedule for the delivery of the service, design an appropriate communications strategy and obtain the necessary approvals.
  • Detailed guidelines on the selection of a private sector partner, including the evaluation of proposals and various options for selecting a private partner depending on the nature and scope of the project or service to be delivered.
  • Advice and suggestions to help national and local governments negotiate effective contracts in the public interest.
  • The legislative requirements on the national and local governments' legal ratification of contracts to ensure that the public interest is maintained, including when and how national and local governments must involve electors in key decisions.
  • Issues related to working with the private partner, such as communications, reporting, accounting and performance monitoring.