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BAIT is the biggest, most representative and influential branch organization in the sphere of ICT  in Bulgaria. In 2015 BAIT celebrated 20 years from the founding. BAIT marked the anniversary by publishing a special edition – “BAIT 20 years”. It is an exciting story about the development of the Bulgarian ICT industry through the eyes of all nine former Chairs of the Managing Board. Presently 100 member companies are enlisted in the association which are generating an annual turnover of 2.7 milliard BGN and 10 000 ICT specialists are working for them.The Association includes companies in the trend of hardware, software, system integration, networks, telecommunications, Internet suppliers, etc.

BAIT is a member of DIGITALEUROPE- the voice of the European digital technology industry in which Managing Board is having a representative. As a member of DIGITALEUROPE, BAIT is involved in the formation and implementation of the European ICT policies.

BAIT is actively working for the E–government systems implementation by providing expertise to the public administration and protecting the members’ interests in this area.

BAIT has developed strong relationship with the Government and works together with the Ministries for the realization of the strategic tasks such as: implementation of the ICT in the field of education from the first grade, changing the universities teaching curriculums by taking into account the needs of the ICT business, increasing the intake of the students into ICT specialties, facilitating the procedure of hiring professionals from third countries outside EU, so-called blue cards.

BAIТ works for transparent and competitive business environment and its function is to ensure that the Law on Public Procurement is being respected. If there are proven violations of the Public Procurement Law, BAIT immediately alert the Commission for Protection of Competition, the Public Procurement Agency and the contracting authority. In this way, BAIT protects the interests of its members in front of the different institutions

BAIT is a partner and organizer of a lot events which promote the ICT sector.

BAIT AWARDS - BAIT grants the most prestigious industry awards for the contribution to the development of the information and communication technologies known as ICT Oscars.

BAIT AWARDS are under the patronage of the President - Rosen Plevneliev who traditionally presents the special award. Every edition of the awards distinguish the achievements in the ICT sector during the current year in 12 categories. With this project BAIT wants to promote the best practice, projects and excellences in the ICT sector, to show that Bulgarian ICT companies develop and offer world – class level products and services.

BAIT AWARDS
2015 is the fifth edition in a row. 146 application were gathered from companies, institutions and persons–the most of all editions till now which shows the growing interest to the competition and the continuing fast development of the ICT sector.

The 5th edition of the BAIT AWARDS is held within the initiative eSkills for Jobs 2015-2016.

eSkills for Jobs 2015-2016
is a campaign to raise awareness of the need for citizens to improve their command of ICT skills for work. The campaign, funded by the European Commission, is implemented simultaneously in 24 EU countries and BAIT is the contractor for Bulgaria. Over 210 private sector companies, NGOs and government bodies across Europe are engaged in eSkills for Jobs.

The very big success within the eSkills for Jobs 2015-2016 initiative in Bulgaria was the partnership with the Employment Agency. All labour offices in Bulgaria have been included in the campaign and began to provide information about current trainings and courses in the field of ICT, conducted by the leading companies in the sector.

At the national level, the initiative brings together nine eSkills ambassadors. Among them are Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Nikolay Denkov, Deputy Education Minister, Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Secretary for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Policy to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, MEP Eva Paunova.

BAIT supports and promotes the digital entrepreneurship within the WATIFY project launched by the EC. During the initiative BAIT has been organizing a lot of events with mentors to foster the digital entrepreneurship in Bulgaria, to support with advice and to encourage the StartUps to overcome the barrier when starting business.

BAIT has established the National Technology Transfer Office in the area of information and communication technology to facilitate the process of technology transfer between innovators, researchers and users of innovations in practice. TTO-ICT is fostering communication between entrepreneurs, companies in the ICT sector, business organizations and universities in Bulgaria and all over the world.

 
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