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This project is part of a more comprehensive project developed under the Digital Mures Strategy. The scope of the Digital Mures Strategy is to integrate Tirgu Mures in the global network of local public authorities that provide to their citizens improved public services via ITC. This network brings together local public administration around the world and connects them into the network of Digital Cities.
Discussions on a possible implementation of such project was driven by the desire to develop integrated, innovative and efficient public services within the city of Tirgu Mures, to increase the quality of public services, reduce the administrative costs for the public sector, while reducing the administrative burden for the citizens, increasing the quality of services for the citizens and contributing to the creation of new jobs in economic activities that provide high value added. These objectives are the ones assumed by the Municipality in the context of the Digital Mures Strategy, as first pillar of the strategy. The objectives are correlated with these identified by the World Bank in the Functional Review Analysis, conducted by the World Bank in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Romanian Government by the IMF, the World Bank and the European Commission in 2009.
The second pillar of the Digital Mures Strategy aims to implement the Science City for Research and Technological Development and ITC in the Healthcare sector. This technological and research park will attract foreign direct investments (FDI) in the region, by capitalizing on the comparative advantages that Tirgu Mures has: excellent reputation in the healthcare and ITC sectors.
As a first step in the development of Science City concept, Tirgu Mures developed a Competitiveness Cluster for Research and Development in Healthcare Medical Informatics and related disciplines (LifeTech City), which brings together partners from the business environment, academia, healthcare facilities, NGOs, etc. Fundamental advantages of the structure developed under the Competitiveness Cluster are synergies developed between the 3 types of projects: investment project, namely the construction of a business center, complex R&D projects developed by universities and companies and soft projects, aimed at sustainable development of the cluster.
It is too early to judge the success of the measure.