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PloneGov: Belgian Minister COURARD meets the Belgian Community

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2007-07-12 09:49

Local and regional governments and SME from Europe, North and South America and Africa participate in the PloneGov project. The goals of this close collaboration is to develop in a cooperative manner, applications and websites suited for public organization for their own use as well as for their citizens’. In June, this innovative project was awarded the Lutèce d’Or 2007 Grand Prix du Jury. Philippe COURARD, Walloon minister of Homelands affairs, met the PloneGov Belgian Community to congratulate them for their exceptional implication.

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courardPloneGov project results of merging three Plone based e-government initiatives focusing on local and regional governments: (Belgium, France), UdalPlone (Basque country-Spain, France) and (Switzerland). Due to their complementarities, the decision was taken to merge into 1 common project 3 e-government initiatives creating an international project named “”.

PloneGov may be considered as a new development model. It is based on international collaboration between local governments, public administration and Zea Partners, an international network of SME.

On June 13, 2007, PloneGov initiative won the biggest French award for open source projects during a ceremony held in the town hall of Paris. This award, called "Grand prix du jury des Lutèce d'Or 2007", rewards PloneGov work quality, openness and encourages us to continue on this way.

On June 21, 2007, Bungeni, a fourth Plone based e-government project, joined the PloneGov initiative.  Bungeni is a Parliamentary and Legislative Information System for drafting, managing, consolidating and publishing legislative and other parliamentary documents. It is being developed within the context the "Africa i-Parliaments Action Plan" of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). It is being developed in collaboration with 8 national parliaments in Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

With a focus on Parliamentary and Legislative processes, Bungeni brings valuable expertise to PloneGov: the initiative covers now all aspects of e-Governments, from local governments to Parliaments. It brings together a unique pool of experts from 3 continents, counting years of experience in collaboration and open source development.

On July 9, 2007, Walloon Minister of Homelands Affairs, Philippe COURARD, met the PloneGov Belgian Community to congratulate them for their exceptional work. He organized a ceremony in his office with two distinguished French guests: Alexandre ZAPOLSKY and David SAPIRO, FNILL President and Secretary (The French Federation of the open source industry).

Joël LAMBILLOTTE, PloneGov technical manager, congratulated all actors of the projects and especially the 17 Walloon towns involved, Zea Partners and UVCW, the Walloon Federation of Towns and Cities.

Xavier HEYMANS, Zea Partners CEO, emphasized: “The openness of PloneGov has already attracted international interest, leading the way to opportunities of development and funding. Open Source mutualization between Regions is also a way to fight the digital divide.”