Digital opportunities in Belgium
We are smack-bang in the middle of what is generally called the Fourth Industrial Revolution - an era in which technology and digitalisation take centre stage. Digital is the new normal, in other words.
This digital transformation creates challenges - for people, businesses, schools and governments.
The biggest challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are:
- The interplay and interaction between all those new technologies and trends and the existing legal framework;
- The speed at which our SMEs and public services can adapt;
- And the inclusiveness of the transformation.
After all, getting on the digital train requires more than just a mental switch. Skills play a central part.
There are currently plenty of vacancies that cannot be filled because the skill sets are missing. Investing in digital skills is therefore essential to benefit from this transformation, which will lead to better jobs and more jobs in new sectors.
Alexander de Croo is a Flemish liberal politician, economist and businessman. He currently holds the office of Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services. From 2009 until 2012, he was party leader of Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD).