A conference on medical and biological engineering begins in Sarajevo

The International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (CMBEBIH’23) and the Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MEDICON’23) started today in Sarajevo under the motto ‘Move the boundaries towards digital and sustainable’.

The opening of the MEDICON&CMBEBIH conference was attended by the BiH Minister of Communications and Transport, Edin Forto, and the Prime Minister of the Federation of BiH, Nermin Nikšić, who pointed out that investment in education, research, and digitization are imposed as key prerequisites for development, joining the modern society and improving the quality of life of all people in BiH.

”There is a large number of people at our universities and companies who do everything that is currently trend in Europe. We have to give them more space and as a minister who has the digitization sector in his department, it is something we have to talk about constantly. Digitization is not just a word, but also includes everyday services in healthcare, administration, private sector,” Forto told reporters.

Stefano Ellero, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that the topics of the conference are focused on the most important transformations currently taking place in the world, including in the Western Balkans, and are related to digitalization and the green agenda. According to him, these transformations will greatly contribute to the improvement of health services for all citizens, and at the same time, these are key processes that concern BiH’s accession to the European Union.

”The European Commission currently has EUR 14 million available for the digitization process, which is carried out through GIZ and the EBRD,” said Ellero, adding that additional investments have been announced regarding these processes.

The organizer of this event is the Society for Medical and Biological Engineering in BiH in cooperation with the Verlab Institute and other partners.

The conference is being held with the support of the Government of the Federation of BiH, the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Youth of the Sarajevo Canton, the Ministry of Health of the Sarajevo Canton, the City of Sarajevo, the European Delegation in BiH and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the EU4DigitalSME project, and under the auspices of Denis Bećirović, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.