Digital memorandum between Latvia and Ukraine to be signed on Wednesday

  • 2023-10-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Transport Minister Kaspars Briskens (Progressives) and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov are scheduled to sign the Latvia-Ukraine Digital Memorandum during the 5G Techritory forum in Riga this Wednesday, LETA was told at the Transport Ministry. 

During the event on Wednesday, October 18, Briskens in person and the Ukrainian deputy prime minister remotely will address the forum and sign the Latvia-Ukraine Digital Memorandum, the aim of which is to confirm the readiness of both countries to develop cooperation in the field of digitalization, electronic communications and radio spectrum,  development of broadband internet infrastructure, and innovation.

By signing the memorandum, both sides will commit to supporting the renewal of Ukraine's broadband internet infrastructure, analyzing and seeking solutions for the modernization of the broadband internet infrastructure through sustainable, secure, people-centred and inclusive internet connectivity, promoting integration in the sphere of the European Union's (EU) electronic communications, as well as providing advice and sharing experience in developing a regulatory framework in line with the best EU and global practices.

At the same time, the two countries will agree to strengthen and improve the quality of the mobile network in Ukraine, including in the field of 5G technologies through data analysis and public consultation, to support Ukraine in the international digital environment and participate in the ITU, CEPT, BCO network, to facilitate Ukraine's participation in EU international technical assistance programs and projects, in particular the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), to organize joint events, working meetings and the like between experts and representatives of both sides.

The memorandum also provides for exploring cooperation opportunities in the development of broadband internet infrastructure on Ukrainian rail and road routes, taking into account Latvia's experience with the Rail Baltica project.

The Transport Ministry notes that this event will provide a valuable platform for cooperation between different stakeholders - governments, universities, non-governmental organizations and businesses - as well as for the exchange of experience and know-how. It will thus contribute to the digital development and growth not only of Ukraine but also the whole of Europe, bringing valuable experiences and lessons for Latvia as well.