4th Panel On Harmonisation Of Digital Markets (4th HDM Panel), Platform 2 “Economic Development and Market Opportunities”, took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 February 2019.
Azerbaijan was represented at the panel by:
1. Rashad Azizov, Head of the Department of Innovative Development of the Information Society and Electronic Governance of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan,
2. Azer Bayramov, Deputy Executive Director of the State Fund for Development of Information and Communication Technology under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan;
3. Tofig Babayev, Director of R.I.T.A., HDM contact person in Azerbaijan, Legal & Financial NCP of Horizon 2020;
4. Khayala Pashazade, leading adviser at the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan.
In the first half of the day, the recently launched EU4Digital project was discussed, and during the second section, the coordinators of EU4Digital Networks presented progress and plans. At this section, Rashad Azizov made a report on the state of the ICT Innovation Ecosystems network in the Eastern Partnership countries. In the second half of the day, final findings and recommendations of the Study on a Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) in the EaP countries were presented and discussed. Other issues on the agenda were the new regional programme for cyber resilience in the EaP, Roadmap towards a EaP Regional Roaming Agreement. The draft Declaration of the 3rd EaP ministerial meeting on the digital economy was introduced and discussed.
During the discussion of the DESI Study report, T. Babayev spoke as EC expert about the results of the study on the state of coverage of the DESI indicators in Azerbaijan.