How civil society and government can work together to make the Internet more accessible, Mr Markovski is a Senior Advisor, Government Agency for Information Technology and Communication, as well as Chair of the board Internet Society Bulgaria. His speech could be summarised as an attempt to design rules of engagement on ICT and related topics, and making ISPA more more influential in ICT policy and regulations. As governments work towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals set up by the UN ‘s Kofi Annan , therefore exist an inevitable partnership between governments and civil society on ICT and other developments aspects .
The Latest data about Internet penetration in Bulgaria from Market Test:
Number of Internet users (between 15 and 69 years): 29.3 %
Internet use from home: 15.10 %
Internet use from Internet clubs: 14.80 %
Internet use from elsewhere: 9.30 %
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Ideally, Bulgaria is a leading country on the usage of Internet by the public and how it is shaping the consumer behaviour in markets economies. Mr Markovski spoke of the need to persuade the governments in making them aware that “ICT is not an insult” but a service that can improve and facilitate development. He reiterated the need for Internet Service Providers to education and speak to politicians in ensuring that they are on their side. Indeed , the argument of engaging policy makers and industry players is as important as providing services, after all politicians makes policies, without knowledge of key issues in the industry their policies are likely to marginalise ISP at large. As such it serve nobody’s interest but those of industry players to engage everyone. As founder of the Bulgarian Internet Society, since 2002 Mr. Markovski was appointed the chairman of the Bulgarian Presidents’ IT Advisory Council.