“The entire region can become a “region of winners” by joining the process of digital transformation”, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said at the opening of the summit of 100 of Business Leaders of South East Europe.
“I firmly believe the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an enormous chance for Serbia and the entire region to catch up with the developed world,” she said and added: ”The whole region cannot afford to miss this chance. This is one of the most important priorities of the Government of Serbia, and the one I work on every day. I believe that this can be a region of winners and pioneers in innovation and application of new technologies in economic growth, riding the tide of the industrial revolution, marked by digitization.”
She added that the goal was to shift the focus of investments in Serbia from labour-intensive ones to investments based on innovations and new technologies, as well as on research and development.
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The President of the Serbian Association of Managers (SAM) and the President of the Steering Committee of the Summit 100, Stanka Pejanovic, pointed out that the participants would seek way to establish connections in order to make the best possible changes in line with the fourth industrial revolution in order to make the region more developed and more competitive in the global market.
“Digitization is a great opportunity and can contribute to the development of local economies and communities. Synchronized activities between businesses and education system are needed in order to enable children in the region to be part of the world economy, but also to educate future experts for new positions in the IT industry and open up the prospects for strengthening national economies”, Pejanovic pointed out.
The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel attended the Summit via a video link. In her address, she said that creating digital bridges would connect the region with the EU. She also underlined that the digital region would not be possible without quality infrastructure, that is, without fast, broadband Internet.
(Vecernje Novosti, 02.10.2018)
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