Menelaos Daskalakis, the Secretary of General of the Telecommunications and Posts Commission, summarised the government’s approach to these issues.
The strategy is citizen- and business-centric and, for the first time, stops the ‘from the inside out’ design logic of the new generation investments. The new services and applications within the selected areas of intervention give meaning to how citizens can live better, function easily and competitively, strengthen social cohesion and create better and, above all, sustainable jobs that respond to new challenges.
The strategy sets out the role of the state as facilitator of the development process. What matters is what alliances are built, how trust is established between the state and the business world, and how fresh ideas and sound responses are initiated.
The strategic policy framework for digital development seeks to enable affordable, high-quality and interoperable public and private sector services that are facilitated and supported by ICT. It aims to further increase the use of ICT by citizens, including disadvantaged groups, from business and public administration, enhancing open initiatives for the development of domestic digital added value. Particular importance is given to the use of ICT in order to raise standards at all levels of education, health, tourism and the environment.
The framework aims to transform digital economy (electronic communications and ICT) into a key growth pillar, which will contribute to the development of Greece, spurring innovation, openness of the domestic digital production and the influx of foreign investment. It is also expected to address and meet the needs and challenges of the ICT sector and to contribute directly to improving the individual performance targets set by the Digital Agenda Scoreboard.
The strategy for digital development grew out of a wide-ranging consultation with the main market players and the social partners and so includes constructive criticism, the feasibility of achieving goals and realism.
“After the end of the open public consultation, the Strategy for the Digital Development of Greece will aim to become a tool of inspiration, orientation and solid guidance, able to establish the country high on the world map of digital economy, and overthrow stereotypes that prevent us as today get the best of our abilities,” Mr Daskalakis concluded.