CNIPMMR’s Jianu: Technological nation requires well-developed system, designed by Gov’t and private sector
Romania needs a well-developed system designed by the government and the private sector in order to become a technological nation, Florin Jianu, chairman of the National Council of Romania’s Privately-Owned SMEs (CNIPMMR), told the launch conference on Tuesday of the “Romania Tech Nation” initiative. The event is a CNIPMMR initiative, jointly with Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), and was held under the high patronage of the President of Romania.
“Romania Tech Nation” represents a multiannual project with polycentric events which main objective is to boost Romania’s transformation through technology.
“This is eminently a demarche of the private sector, but as the president [Klaus Iohannis] said, a technological nation, a Romania Tech Nation, requires a system, as well as players, a government and the private sector to create it. Technological education is extremely important, but so is entrepreneurship education to create new generations of entrepreneurs. There are other tools we propose, tools for financing, such as Digital Romania, a tool that will be included in the next programming period 2021-2027 to finance areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills and digital transformation. We have a third project, a third proposal that I am very fond of personally and that I generically called Destination Romania,’ a project to attract not only researchers and valuable people from Romania, but also talents from other countries. Why not positioning ourselves as a hub to attract entrepreneurial talents for technology and research-development-innovation?” said Jianu.
In CNIPMMR’s vision, the first step towards achieving this objective is steering the key actors in three strategic directions: an entrepreneurial ecosystem, an entrepreneurial education ecosystem and public policies, with annual tactical objectives, and strategic ones in in 5 and 10 years.
Iohannis: It would be great to convince institution heads to implement virtual vocal assistant system
President Klaus Iohannis participated on Tuesday at the launching of the “Romania Tech Nation” project at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, context in which he stated that the system of virtual vocal assistants should be tried out.
“I believe that it would be very good to convince together some institution leaders to implement something like that. Here we have a rapid, global development and we only have two options for reactions: we either stay at the lead and then we must accept these challenges and try to be among those who implement or we can sleep tightly, which I personally dislike profoundly. Let’s try!” said Iohannis, when asked by a young entrepreneur if he supports the introduction of virtual vocal assistants in public administration.
He also showed that in the digital system there is need for measures of encouragement.
“The sector reached 6 pct. of the GDP from zero. 6 pct is a lot. This was possible because we have two important ingredients: the first – there are young entrepreneurs and some who are not so young, but the majority are young who took these opportunities and contributed to a sensational development of the entire sector, the other ingredient is on the part of the state, not on the part of this Government, on the part of the state, those incentives that were created. In my opinion, this is not a place to move backwards, I believe we must move far further. If we have this sector that is developing without the state making too much of a fuss, then it would be the case for any Government that comes, I hope next week, to understand these things and to understand not only that we must not reduce our encouragement of a sector, but we must develop it. My opinion is that there was a profound mistake made on the part of the state, because this sector that is developing sensationally was not correlated with the state institutions. It’s simply a shame to have an extremely well performing sector and not use it, it seems like a wasted opportunity and I believe this is where the next measures of encouragement should come from, leading to more business opportunities in this domain,” President Iohannis said.
INACO: Romania climbs one spot in the World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, to 46
Romania ranks 46th this year in the World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, climbing one spot from 2018 and eight spots, from 2017, Andreea Paul, head of INACO – The Initiative for Competitiveness, said in a press release issued on Tuesday.
According to the global ranking made by IMD World Competitiveness Center, which studied digital competitiveness in 63 countries, Romania’s advantages in terms of digital competitiveness remain: Broadband Internet speed – Romania ranking 6th in the world, the weight of its graduates in sciences (12th) and the weight of women involved in scientific research (13th).
Overall, Romania ranked 46th in the world, in 2019, in terms of digital competitiveness at global level, climbing one spot from 2018 and eight spots, respectively, from 2017.
On the other hand, INACO draws attention to the fact that Romania’s acute disadvantages in what concerns digital competitiveness are fundamentally related to the public area and have mostly to do with the lack of public-private partnerships (60th spot in the ranking), city management (59th position), public investments in education (59th) and the availability of capital and financing from banks (55th).
“Some warning signals with respect to the extent in which the Romanian public institutions are ready to adjust to technological changes justify the recent presidential initiative “Romania TechNation,” which requires a pragmatic action plan regardless of what colours the government has, or the Parliament, and also supporters from both the political and civic domains, central and local levels both, especially when there is no electoral campaign going on. Among the civic and private initiatives that support digital and technological literacy with real actions we mention Digitaliada – the initiative of the Orange Foundation and the first smart digital education laboratories – Smart Lab 4.0 – created by INACO – The Initiative for Competitiveness in the Public Schools in Romania,” specified Andreea Paul.
However, coming back, the first spots in the IMD World Competitiveness Center’s ranking belong to the USA, Sweden, Singapore, Denmark and Switzerland, which are among the countries with the most advanced regulations in this field, managing to attract the talented human resource they need, while supporting scientific research and generating technological innovations that are afterwards assimilated into the society.
INACO is a non-profit community of managers, consultants, analysis and experts in the economic field, linked to the network of specialists from both the public and private areas in Romania. The organisation specifies on its Website that it supports the setting up of the National Council for Competitiveness, “a fundamental institution for the Romanian state, which already functions in other countries with special results in the advancement of their respective national economies.”