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GDS signs MoU with GovTech Polska

03/07/19

Mark Say Managing Editor

The Government Digital Service (GDS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Polish counterpart, GovTech Polska.

MoU signing ceremony

It is aimed at strengthening the partnership between the two organisations and to help create a European ecosystem to support innovation in the public sector.

The memorandum paves the way for standardising common procedures to increase mutual access to markets, sharing best practice and experiences, and mutual recognition and promotion.

It also intended to bolster business between the UK and Poland, currently valued at roughly £16 billion, and to support the technology sectors in both countries.

Justyna Orłowska, director of GovTech Polska, 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.”

Singapore and Scotland

This follows a similar agreement last month between GDS and GovTech Singapore, an element of the  SG-UK Partnership, and one from April of last year with the Scottish Government.

It reflects moves in the Cabinet Office, within which GDS operates, to step up its overseas activities in the govtech field. These gathered steam last week with the announcement that Kevin Cunnington, current director general of GDS, is to move on next month to head up a new International Government Service.

Image: Signing the MoU, from GOV.UK, Open Government Licence v3.0

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