GDS, GovTech Poland to create unitary ecosystem to support innovation in public sector

GDS and GovTech Poland representatives signing the MoUImage: GDS and GovTech Poland representatives signing the MoU. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) and its Polish counterpart, GovTech Poland (GovTech Polska), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an objective to create a single European ecosystem to back innovation in the public sector.

The MoU, which is expected to bolster the partnership between the two GovTech departments, is said to define the approach for standardising common procedures to enhance mutual access to markets, sharing best practices and experiences, and mutual promotion and recognition.

According to Government Digital Service, the goal of the MoU is to strengthen commercial exchange between the UK and Poland, which is valued currently at around £16bn. The memorandum is also aimed at supporting the fast-growing technology sectors in the two countries.

GovTech Polska director Justyna Orłowska said: “Due to the collaboration of the strongest players on the GovTech arena in Europe, I believe the GovTech scene will grow rapidly, as both Poland and Great Britain have lots of experience and best practices to share with others. Setting a great example for other countries is just the start of innovations throughout the public sector in all of Europe.”

The Polish government created GovTech Polska with an objective of finding innovative solutions by deploying cutting-edge technical and digital tools to real problems experienced by the administration. The goal of the programme is to enhance the dialogue between public administration and innovators that include start-ups, SME entrepreneurs, and the scientific community.

In April 2019, GovTech Poland inked an agreement that will lay the foundation for a unified European ecosystem in support of innovation. The agreement aims to consolidate the partnership based on sharing knowledge, common values and the common goal of bringing in a digital revolution to the public sector.

The UK’s Government Digital Service is a unit of the Cabinet Office which is responsible for transforming the provision of online services for the public. Created in April 2011, the department’s role is to execute the ‘Digital by Default’ strategy of the UK government.

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