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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

Păsăreni becomes a small business centre, Thanks to the Knowledge-Based Economy Project

29.08.2012

Stimulating entrepreneurial initiatives for sustainable local development is one of the major objectives of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by Ministry of Communications and Information Society. The first step to help entrepreneurs was to organise intensive courses regarding the use of IT&C in business in all the 255 KEP communities, with support from the Electronic Networks of the Local Community (RECL). Among them were the courses and seminar which took place in PAPI Păsăreni (Mureş), organised with the Civitas Foundation for Civil Society. A number of 35 locals attended the training from 2010 until the beginning of this year, and some of them started new businesses while others developed existing ones. Fejer Andor, in Păsăreni, is one of the successful graduates of these courses.

Fejer Andor, entrepreneur from Păsăreni

Courses presented the opportunities and the requirements to set up a traditional business, locally. ”We spoke about businesses like baking home jam, bread, beekeeping, vinegrowing and wine making. Besides logistic support, trainees were guided from a legal perspective”, RECL manager Kiss Zsuzsanna says.

Lack of information and gaps, a thing of the past

Fejer Andor says the training helped him a lot, while topics presented were not just interesting, but also covered the gaps of information he had about accounting and management.

”I attended several trainings organised by the Civitas Foundation and, if I have the opportunity, I will do so in the future as well. Those who want to run the family business must take into account that the economy is moving forward and the market develops, even during recession. As a manager, you must always receive fresh information. These trainings provide both information and ideas about business”, Fejer Andor says.

Being a professional tailor, he’s had a business with leather clothing; it did not work well at all and he changed his occupation to beekeeping. „After graduating the training, I realised how many mistakes I did because I did not get information when needed. Since I started the company, I received no help and no information about the management of the business. I was manager, tailor and salesman. It was too much for me. This is why the business did not go as well. I also made a simple mistake: I should not have incorporated a limited responsibility company, because it was too expensive as form of organisation. This is why I’m saying that for young people, eager to start in business, these courses are very important before they actually begin anything. If there are such courses and seminaries, people can receive information. PAPIs can thus have a very important part in their lives, like in mine”, Fejer Andor says.

As proof, after attending the courses at PAPI, where he was informed and guided, Fejer Andor double the number of bee families.

“I now have 20 bee families. So far, for me it was important to have more families, but from next year I will begin honey production. I hope to succeed. I’m sorry I did not start earlier, but it’s better late than never”, Fejer Andor says.

More than just training


Ana-Maria Dobarta,
representative of the Civitas Foundation

The representatives of the Civitas Foundation, partners of the project, started collaborating with PAPI Păsăreni in 2007. Since then, they organised several trainings together, like computer classes for beginners and advanced, primary accounting or English language.

„E-centres are very important in each community, because they contribute to the development of human resources and the community development process, through the courses they organised. During the years, we tried to involve the centres in various projects implemented by the Civitas Foundation, and this is why we joined this seminar. We wanted to improve the quality of human resources in Păsăreni, from rural areas, and to ensure long-term sustainability, by encouraging the start up or development of profitable non-farming enterprises”, the representative of Civitas, Ana-Maria Dobarta, explains.

The seminar was part of the project “Improving the quality of human resources in rural areas and promoting entrepreneurship in non-farming activities”, co-financed through the European Social Fund through SOP HRD 2007-2013. Locals learned about starting a business, basics of accounting and business management, basic marketing, business communications, using computers and writing business plans.

“Through this project, we offered participants more than a classic course. They were able to learn theory as well as practical aspects. Using an innovative model, we will be developing initiative and the ability to find new opportunities, to become pro-active and act to foresee the unpreventable”, Dobarta explains.

With this kind of activity, it’s normal for the Public Access Point to Information (PAPI) Păsăreni to have become a landmark of the local community. It has hosted several seminars and courses on economic issues, IT or English language.

RECL employees noted a dire need for access to new information in the community. Thus, it has started to look for different solutions to organise training sessions and courses for locals. All aim to increase the revenue of locals, thus developing the local economy.

Some 1,200 entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs, helped to get into business

The example in Păsăreni is representative for the effort of all 255 KEP communities, which are working to increase entrepreneurship. After four years, some 700 entrepreneurs and 500 potential entrepreneurs have graduated from courses regarding the use of IT&C in business, and half of them furthered their study by attending regional seminar on IT – Financing – Profitability. They also participated in entrepreneurial training. Dozens of people have thus opened up a small business or learned how they can develop their existing business, in spite of the current economy – regardless of their line of work, such as agriculture, agritourism, aminaml breeding, promoting traditional crafts or any other field.

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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

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