The e-business forum is a permanent mechanism for consultation between the State and the business and academic community, with the aim of processing views and proposals that promote electronic business in Greece, as well as the propagation of electronic business in Greek businesses.
Description of the project
The participants in the forum are executives from all business sectors, with emphasis on the information technology and telecommunications sector, from university and research institutes, from the public sector as well as representatives of the social partners and consumers.
The topics of the 40 groups to-date of the e-business forum are decided by the coordinating committee of the forum the participants of which are collective business bodies, big Greek universities and the public sector.
The forum is a project of the Operational Programme “Information Society” integrated in Measure 3.1 “Creation of a favourable digital environment for the economic activity” and is implemented by the Greek Research and Technology Network/GRNET.
This operation of the e-business forum was characterized by the European Commission -in the framework of the procedure of comparative evaluation of national and regional policies for the promotion of electronic business in Europe- as one of the five examples of best practice in the category of “framework formulation policies for the promotion of electronic business”. The e-business form was selected among 200 policy projects from the countries of the European Union.
The main recipient of the conclusions and proposals of the forum is the state. All work groups are obliged to submit proposals to the state in the framework of the thematic unit they process so that the state can undertake measures or prepare projects or strengthen enterprises. In this framework, the state itself can ask experts to give their opinions in order to plan measures.
The research of the e-business forum aims at becoming a tool of systematic monitoring the progress of using the Internet and the practices of e-business in Greece as well an evaluation mechanism of the impacts of the programmes which promote the introduction of Small and Medium sized Enterprises into digital economy. The research is used in the framework of the operation of the “Observatory for the Information Society”.
The total budget of the project is 3,049,446€.
|Progress of the project
In the 40, until today, work groups operating in the framework of the forum, the issue of e-business has been approached from an institutional, technical, business, economic, social and political point of view. More than 1,400 experts have participated in these groups, while 29 big events have taken place in Athens (20), Thessaloniki (3), Herakleion (2), Patras (1), Chania (1), Corinthos (1) and Chalkida (1) aiming at bringing into light special issues concerning digital economy and sensitizing businesses and citizens - consumers.
Almost the whole of the project has been contracted until today, approximately 2.9 m €. The project started in July 2000 and will last until June 2007.
|Results of the project
In the framework of the e-Βusiness forum, 4 annual surveys are executed for the recording of new information and communication technologies propagation, as well as of practices of e-business in Greece. Analytically:
- The research on the use of Computers, Internet and Mobile Telephony in the Greek Population. Research in a sample of 3,000 households
- The research on the use of new Information and Communication Technologies in Small-Medium Enterprises - Research in a sample of 1,800 businesses
- The recording of tendencies in the use of Information and Communication Technologies in the 1,000 largest Greek enterprises.
- The recording of research activities in Higher Education Institutes (HEI), Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) and research laboratories of the country, which relate to electronic business.
The forum has carried out specific proposals to the State for measures and has significantly contributed to the planning and evaluation of actions. The programmes “E-business”, “Go-online”, as well as the new programme for the strengthening of small enterprises in the regions (ΜΕΤΕHO in the Information Society) have been designed based on the results by groups of the e-business forum on inter-business transactions, on marketplaces, on the development of digital content, on the security of electronic transactions, etc. Furthermore, a series of consultations with the social bodies for correctional movements concerning these actions have taken place, while recently an evaluation of stage A' of the "Go-Online" programme took place, aiming to better plan stage B'.
Until today, a considerable number (20) of practical guides to businesses and consumers, codes of practice and ethics as well as indicative catalogues of legislation as well as information leaflets has been produced; these are handed out systematically along with the deliverables by work groups, to the 77 information technology and economics departments of all Higher Education Institutes and Technological Educational Institutes of the country, to the 25 libraries of all Higher Education Institutes and Technological Educational Institutes of the country, to the 70 municipal libraries of the country, the 112 commercial unions of the country, the 77 chambers of the country, the 28 General and 16 Special Secretaries of all Ministries, selected journalists and sectoral journals.
All group deliverables are presented in the Website of the forum with the following address www.ebusinessforum.gr.