Webinars

“COVID-19 Digital Response Collaboration” Webinar Series for ICA Member States

COVID-19 Special Tele-Session

Be sure to join the “ICA COVID-19 Digital Response Collaboration” Webinar Series:

PART I | "Cross-border Cooperation" Agenda 
DATE: Monday April 27th, 2020 - 14:00 CET 
   COMPLETED
PART II | "Teaming Up!" Agenda 
DATE: Tuesday May 19th, 2020 - 14:00 CET
   COMPLETED
PART III | “Digital Immunity Passports" Agenda  
DATE Tuesday February 16th, 2021 - 11:30 CET
   COMPLETED

 

COVID-19 has been escalating its spread by affecting over 215 countries. The number of confirmed cases and deaths are increasing daily. The virus has challenged most health care systems; while the swift public sector response for citizen awareness on social distancing and other measures have proven key to keeping things at least under control. Most Nations have put restrictions with a minimum of 1 month which may continue until the vaccination progress advances in most of the ICA members and the rest of the world. However, we need to keep in mind that the more social distancing remains in effect, the higher the negative impact to be experienced by various industries such as tourism, hospitality, domestic production, global distribution and other sectors vital to our economic resources, including employment and government cash flows. There is also a high risk that overly ambitious efforts to suppress the actual spread of the virus, in situations where the fatality rate is comparatively low, will impose intolerable costs damaging our economic well-being for several years to come. Consequently, a continuous real-time monitoring of the actual status from a multi-criteria perspective is absolutely vital. Therefore, a balance and a trade-off awareness when imposing the different mitigation measures is necessary.

And while a third wave is anticipated, it is once again time for all of us to put together our knowledge and lessons learnt so far to come up with a plan as the ICA community, for proposed interventions with immediate effect. ICA would like for our Member States to join the special webinar session where we will discuss how the COVID-19 challenges can be mitigated if we prioritise the roll out of digital interventions espoused in our respective digitisation strategies.

As we are developing our individual National measures to address this global crisis, we need to ensure that our citizens act responsibly (civic education and awareness) and that the public sector becomes responsive and efficient (both fiscally and productive). Furthermore, we need to control costs but also invest wisely in digital infrastructure, online education, proper healthcare and relief programmes. The ICA community saw the need to take this challenge brought about from the pandemic to work together with a whole-of-government approach, collaborate amongst our members and investigate cross border prospects that provide global solutions that will help us come out better and stronger than before.


It is said that “a problem shared is a problem halved.” Let’s share our best practices and lessons learnt for more effective monitoring and response to crisis.


It is evident that digital readiness is a key aspect of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that are continuing to make considerable strides in fighting COVID-19 are leveraging emerging technologies offered through digital transformation.

More than ever, technology proves to be our key ally in the fight against the COVID-19. We, therefore, call upon the technology industry to align themselves with the public sector and join forces to emerge victorious in the fight against this or any other crises. To ensure essential services are available for the citizens and minimise the effect of this pandemic on our people and the economy.

Some of the topics that we aim to address during the COVID-19 Digital Response Collaboration Webinar Series:

  • National coordination and communications
    Specifically: Working within Government and across borders
  • Informed citizens: access to Accurate and Critical information
    Specifically: Channels for immediate communication and coordination
  • Enforced quarantines, lockdowns, prevention and travel ban.
    Specifically: Monitoring, evaluating, assessing and mitigating
  • Target economic relief and introduce public services to assist the private sector and low-wage workers
    Specifically: Policies that work - what can we do on the digitization front

PART I | "Cross-border Cooperation"

“COVID-19 Digital Response Collaboration” ICA Webinar Series

Monday April 27th, 2020

PART I | "Cross-border Cooperation"
AGENDA
   
14:00 CET

Opening & Welcome

Webinar Coordinator: Vasilis Koulolias
Welcome: Juhani Korhonen



14:05 CET

Objectives of the COVID -19 Special Session Series (Webinar)

Vasilis Koulolias



14:15 CET

Member States Respond to COVID-19:
What have we developed as members to fight the pandemic?

Moderator: Frank Leyman

Presentations: Belgium, EC, Estonia, Israel, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan



15:05 CET

Discussion on the Way Forward:
Working together – fortifying towards the second wave.

Moderator: Cheow Hoe Chan



15:55 CET

Wrap-Up and action points

Vasilis Koulolias



16:00 CET

End of Special Session



 

PART II | "Teaming Up!"

“COVID-19 Digital Response Collaboration” ICA Webinar Series

Tuesday May 19th, 2020

PART II | "Teaming Up!" 
AGENDA
   
14:00 CET

Opening & Welcome

Webinar Coordinator: Vasilis Koulolias, Programme Committee Chair,
Deputy National Representative | Sweden

Welcome: Juhani Korhonen, Chair,
Deputy National Representative | Finland



14:05 CET

Objectives of the COVID -19 Special Session 2 Series (Webinar)

Vasilis Koulolias, Programme Committee Chair,
Deputy National Representative | Sweden



14:15 CET

Teaming Up

Interoperability Frameworks for data collection and exchange.
Moderator: Emanuele Baldacci, Directorate-General for Informatics European Commission

How can we collaborate among countries to overcome challenges during
the acute and the next awaited post-acute phase?

Moderator: Magnus Enzell, National Representative | Sweden



15:00 CET

Breakout Session 1

Opening up the borders/transport/movement of citizens.
Moderator: Oren Ariav, Deputy National Representative | Israel


Breakout Session 2

Teleworking
Moderator: Marc Brouillard, National Representative | Canada


Breakout Session 3

How should the toolbox of digital solutions for supporting exit strategies look like?
What works, what doesn't, what capabilities should be developed and combined.

Moderator: Magnus Enzell, National Representative | Sweden



15:30 CET

Report Back and Action Points

Moderators:
Cheow Hoe Chan, GCIO | Singapore
Soon Cheng Goh, National Representative | Singapore



16:00 CET

End of Special Session



PART III | “Digital Immunity Passports"

Tuesday February 16th, 2021

PART III | "Digital Immunity Passports"
AGENDA
   
11:30 CET

Opening & Welcome

Welcome: Karen Kee, Programme Committee Chair Deputy National Representative | Singapore

Vasilis Koulolias, ICA Chair Deputy National Representative | Sweden



11:35 CET

Objectives of Part III of this Webinar Series

For most countries, an extensive vaccination process is underway. There are currently ongoing discussions in the EU, WHO, WEF as well as within most countries on how vaccine-certificates can be part of the effort to reopen the global economy and enable cross-border travel. However, for a number of countries it is “test and learn” for the vaccine ops that will ensure that everyone is offered the vaccine soon.

Webinar Coordinator: Peter Littlefield, Chief Information Officer (CIO) Employment and Social Development | Government of Canada



11:40 CET

Digital Immunity Passports

Global Overview

There is a variety of different possible design-schemas for building an infrastructure and corresponding applications for vaccine-certificates since preconditions differ among states. Some have central vaccine registries; others have decentralized and while a number even face incomplete or non-compatible systems for registering vaccines.

  • How can states technically build digital systems for the issuing of vaccine-certificates?
  • How can states generate a common administrative process that would cultivate a regime of mutual trust in order to guarantee the authenticity of the certificates for them to be recognized globally.

European Commission: Natalia Aristimuno Perez, Acting Director of Directorate D - Digital Services, EC- DG Informatics (DIGIT)

World Health Organization: Garrett Mehl, Head of the Public Digital Health Technologies Unit - Department of Digital Heath and Innovation (WHO HQ)

Q&A


Member States

Estonia: Artur Novek, IT Architect, Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre

Singapore: Steven Koh, Director, Government Digital Services Govtech

Sweden: Magnus Enzell, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure

Q&A



12:50 CET

Vaccine Ops

Leaving no one behind! Best practices on digital solutions deployed, in order support the distribution and certification of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy.

Iceland: Ingi Steinar Ingason, Head of the National Centre for eHealth, Directorate of Health

Israel: Barak Shukrun, Head of Data, Israeli Health Ministry

Q&A



13:25 CET

Round-up



13:30 CET

End of Special Session



 

PART III | “Digital Immunity Passports" (2)

Tuesday February 16th, 2021

PART III | "Digital Immunity Passports"  
AGENDA
   
11:30 CET

Opening & Welcome

Welcome: Karen Kee, Programme Committee Chair
Deputy National Representative | Singapore

Vasilis Koulolias, ICA Chair
Deputy National Representative | Sweden



11:35 CET

Objectives of Part III of this Webinar Series

Webinar Coordinator: Peter Littlefield, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Employment and Social Development | Government of Canada



11:40 CET

Global Overview

Vaccine Ops & Digital Immunity Passport

For most countries, an extensive vaccination process is underway. There are currently ongoing discussions in the EU, WHO, WEF as well as within most countries on how vaccine-certificates can be part of the effort to reopen the global economy and enable cross-border travel. However, for a number of countries it is “test and learn” for the vaccine ops that will ensure that everyone is offered the vaccine soon.

European Commission: Natalia Aristimuno Perez, Acting Director of Directorate D -
Digital Services, EC- DG Informatics (DIGIT)

World Health Organization: Speaker to be confirmed

Q&A



12:10 CET

Vaccine Ops

Leaving no one behind! Best practices on digital solutions deployed, in order support the distribution and certification of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy.

Greece: Speaker to be confirmed

Iceland: Ingi Steinar Ingason, Head of the National Centre for eHealth,
Directorate of Health

Israel: Barak Shukrun, Head of Data, Israeli Health Ministry

Q&A



12:50 CET

Digital Immunity Passports

There is a variety of different possible design-schemas for building an infrastructure and corresponding applications for vaccine-certificates since preconditions differ among states. Some have central vaccine registries; others have decentralized and while a number even face incomplete or non-compatible systems for registering vaccines.

  • How can states technically build digital systems for the issuing of vaccine-certificates?
  • How can states generate a common administrative process that would cultivate a regime of mutual trust in order to guarantee the authenticity of the certificates for them to be recognized globally.

Australia: Peter Alexander, Government Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)

Estonia: Speaker to be confirmed

Sweden: Magnus Enzell, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure

Q&A



13:20 CET

Round-up and Action Points



13:30 CET

End of Special Session