The government is now offering Monaco’s businesses the option to use their new digital certificate delivery service as the next step toward the country’s total digital transition.
Digital certificate delivery services, more widely known as electronic signatures, are now online and ready to use in Monaco.
The government, in partnership with the Monegasque Digital Security Agency, the company in charge of Monaco’s information systems security, has developed this option for professionals who have made, or are making, the leap to a paperless system.
An electronic signature is the same as a handwritten signature for “dematerialised” documents. The signature is just as valid as one done by hand as it has been specifically signed by an identified representative of a company and can be used for documents like pay slips, voucher orders, invoices or contracts with suppliers.
This latest step is in line with the Principality’s Extended Monaco digital transition programme and the accompanying law passed in December 2019 to help facilitate the transition.
“The electronic signature represents an important issue in the digital transition of Monegasque companies as part of the country’s economic recovery plan,” says Minister of Finance and the Economy, Jean Castellini. “This measure allows optimised, identified and more secure exchanges between the various stakeholders. It establishes a common base for electronic interactions between citizens, businesses and public authorities.”
For end users, there are certain benefits attached to this kind of system. Sending documents online is a time and space saver. Companies no longer need to stock paper, use printers or physically archive documents. This eco-friendly approach is also easy to use, as the government is supplying a USB key reader and Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge to those who sign up for the service.
The signatures have “enhanced security” measures built-in. Every signature is guaranteed to be authentic and cannot be questioned by either party, so the documents can be trusted by both parties to be binding.
Additionally, as more work is being done remotely, this option ensures the wheels of business continue to roll smoothly forward instantly, without worry for health and safety concerns or long delays involving courier or postal services.
Perhaps it is best summed up by Frédéric Genta, Interministerial Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition, who said: “The electronic signature will simplify the life of companies and users of the Principality, for all the daily acts which require a signature. Monaco thus joins technologically advanced states which have already deployed similar initiatives. For our companies, it means more security, speed, savings and space savings, all the more so in a context where distance has become the norm.”
Photo by Stephane Danna, Government Communication Department
[caption id="attachment_1609" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bertrand Piccard, HSH Prince Albert II and André Borschberg congratulating Solar Impulse 2 team July 29 at MYC . Photo: ML[/caption]
The record-breaking zero-fuel plane, Solar Impulse 2, has arrived at Dübendorf near Zurich inside a 747, completing its trip back home to Switzerland where it was first conceived, a number of Swiss news sources have reported.
The 100 percent solar powered plane, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, landed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in July, having completed a full circuit of the globe without the use of fossil fuels. The aircraft’s 17-leg journey involved 23 days of flying, covering a distance of 43,041 kilometres, in an epic voyage whose command centre was in Monaco.
In an interview with House of Switzerland, one of the two pilots, Bertrand Picard, praised Switzerland for its network of small companies that helped them build the aircraft.
“This is where Switzerland is so good,” Picard told lenews.ch. He added that the nation’s social harmony was also critical. “You cannot build an experimental plane if people go on strike or if the roads are blocked because of striking drivers,” he said. In the middle of the project they had to bring parts from England. Each time they were delayed by strikes in France. He said Switzerland’s social harmony has enormous value.
While no final decision has been taken over the future of the experimental aircraft, it may end its days in a museum, most likely in Switzerland.
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[caption id="attachment_22542" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Superyacht TV[/caption]
Superyacht TV (SYTV), one of five thematic television channels to be released onto Satellite Television Investments’ (STI) distribution platform, will launch early October with an aim to supply exceptional, luxury programming. Broadcast from Monaco, the channel will showcase every aspect of the superyacht world and the amazing lifestyle that goes with it.
Two years ago, STI founder Christian Moore and business partner Patrick Coote saw the opportunity to give Monaco a prominent voice on the world stage by broadcasting short format linear programming and video on demand (VOD) via satellite and IP.
With an extensive background in TV and film, Mr Moore told Monaco Life, “Superyacht TV is a one-stop shop for the yachting world.”
Superyacht TV’s aggregated content will go beyond simply showcasing stunning superyachts, but will provide viewers with backstories – a visual journey, both onboard and onshore – of the people, the destinations and the gateway to an extraordinary lifestyle.
SYTV’s highly targeted connected distribution via its web app (and soon Apple IOS and Android) for live streaming or VOD will reach potential buyers and charterers with “pinpoint accuracy”.
[caption id="attachment_22478" align="alignnone" width="640"] Superyacht TV founders Christian Moore and Patrick Coote[/caption]
“For advertisers, this offers highly targeted short format programming – not the type of in-depth technical or business content you would find in a magazine,” Mr Coote, who has 25 years of sales and marketing experience within the superyacht industry, said. “We want to reinforce Monaco’s position as the capital of yachting, as a centre of excellence on the world stage. SYTV is a channel with truly global reach that can finally take the positive and inspiring stories about large yachts to a worldwide audience.”
Initially, SYTV’s targeted television will reach homes via the MonacoSat across Europe, the entire Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and Russia, while distributing the channels via IP to 350 million potential viewers through its own application, telecom operators and also through the clients of Mobibase (the company which has also provided its technical infrastructure and know-how to publish SYTV).
An additional agreement is in place for Monaco-based STI to secure distribution onto the Space Systems International (SSI) satellite group (which includes 144 satellites) within a few months, meaning that MonacoSat will distribute Superyacht TV to over 1.7 billion people. The channel will therefore achieve both mass distribution via satellite and highly specific distribution directly to UHNW individuals via accurate online targeting.
Specifically, nine key sponsors will be associated with one Superyacht TV’s nine programme categories – Places to Go, The Yachts, Life on Board, Yacht People, Yacht Events, Tenders & Toys, Superyacht News, The Creators and Superyacht Weather.
Superyacht TV, which offers a full range of high-quality services from production to editing, and from distribution to marketing, has the support of key industry organisations including the Monaco Yacht Club, MYBA, Monaco Yachting Cluster, International Superyacht Society and the Superyacht Life Foundation.
STI’s four luxury-themed “cross pollinating” channels cover Superyachts, Luxury Property, Prestige Cars, Food & Wine. The Environment Channel will also be added.
Commenting that STI channels will transmit from Monaco to the world, Mr Moore added: “The Monaco brand deserves very careful stewardship and global recognition. The quality of our programming and the huge distribution we’ve secured will fully support both these objectives.”
Article first published September 27, 2017.