Romania Current Affairs - 2020

CEC Sunil Arora takes charge as AWEB Chairman

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora assumed Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the term 2019-21. India has taken over the AWEB Chair from Romania for two year period. AWEB is a multilateral platform for election management bodies from across the world to share best electoral practices.

Key Highlights

Background: India was unanimously nominated to be Vice-Chair of AWEB at the last General Assembly held at Bucharest (Capital of Romania) in 2017.

AWEB Flag was handed over to the new Chairman, Sunil Arora. This flag will remain with Election Commission of India (ECI) for 2 year term till 2021.

More than 110 delegates from 45 countries attended the meeting held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

An AWEB Centre would be set up at India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) in New Delhi for documentation, research and training and for sharing best practices.

Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB)

It was established in October 2013 and has been empowering democratic framework of member countries since then.

With 120 EMBs (election management bodies) from 111 countries as its members and 21 international organisations as associate members, it has become the largest global organisation of EMBs.

It provides momentum to spread of electoral democracy.

Significance: As a number of nascent democracies are still working to stabilize their political system by improving their legal and electoral systems thereby, organizations such as AWEB could provide professional support and advice by sharing experience, skills and innovations with support and participation of its Member nations.

About Sunil Arora

He is 1980 batch Rajasthan cadre, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.

He is retired and has served as a secretary to the Government of India in two ministries.

He is currently serving as 23rd Chief Election Commissioner of India.

Infosys launches Cyber Defence Center in Bucharest, Romania

Infosys launched its state-of-the-art Cyber Defence Center in Bucharest, Romania. This Defence Center is an expansion of services delivered via Infosys Digital Innovation Center which opened in Bucharest in early 2019.

Infosys Cyber Defence Center

Mandate: Cyber Defence Center will provide Real-Time, End-To-End, 24×7 Cyber Security monitoring and protection services to support European and global businesses on their digital transformation journey.

Services provided include– security analytics, security monitoring, management and remediation, incident discovery, threat hunting and response.

These services will be delivered by certified and highly skilled cyber security professionals and also services offered will comply with country-specific regulatory requirements.

With the launch of new Centre Infosys is expanding its current team in Romania by recruiting local talent as well as investing in advanced training for both its current employees and new hires.

Significance: The Cyber Defence Centers by helping enterprises Prevent, Detect and Respond to advanced cyber-attacks will enable them to scale securely in their digital journey.

Why Romania?

Since the European country is an established leader in European cyber security talent market thus became a natural choice for Infosys to invest in and develop cyber security research and innovation potential.