08 July 2021
Category : Interview
#PublicExpertise: Cristóbal Guzmán and his work to support digitisation in Ukraine
We interviewed Cristóbal Guzmán, director of the Digitisation Support programme in Ukraine
Cristóbal Guzmán coordinates EU support for eGovernment and the digital economy in Ukraine. – a cooperation project financed by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP. Be part of our #TalentoPublico initiative in more than 100 countries.
What has been the greatest achievement of your experience as an expatriate expert?
The achievements of other Twinning telecommunications projects that I have had in the past in Poland, Bulgaria or Turkey have inspired me to achieve the forthcoming Digital Ukraine Project. However, often what you think most about in terms of your experience is the failures, because you learn more from them than from achievements.
What are you most proud of?
The most important thing is the people. Creating an environment in which everyone can take part is therefore something that you can be really proud of.
How does your mission as an aid worker and at the same time a public worker contribute, or how has it contributed, to improving the lives of people and/or the planet?
That’s a difficult question. I think that the important thing is to carry out the entrusted tasks in line with the planned roles and targets of the administration or institution where you work.
What is the main value of the public aspect for you?
Without a doubt, the orientation of our work towards people, companies and institutions. Currently, in the European Union-funded Digital Ukraine project that is overseen by FIIAPP, this means the possibility of promoting digital public services, which help the digital transformation of the public administration, bringing Ukraine closer to the EU Digital Single Market.
What have you learned?
I have learned a lot about how professionals from other countries work and how they solve problems, highlighting the many things we have in common.
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