Political Options Agree Digital Economy Key to Croatian Economy

digital_economy_mobile12 September 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 21

On 7 September, representatives of the main political options competing in the 2016 parliamentary elections had the opportunity to express their opinion on the state of the digital economy in Croatia, both in the areas of government and business, and their ideas of how to further develop and integrate this business sector in the future. The roundtable discussion, titled “Croatia 2.0: Digital Solutions for Better Future”, was organised by the following companies and organisations: Uber Croatia, Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP), the HUB385 ICT incubator, the Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE), Visa Croatia, IBM, SAP, MasterCard.  The political options were represented by:  Gordan Maras (SDP), Ivana Maletic (HDZ), and Public Administration Minister Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic (MOST). They were accompanied by their colleagues and party ICT experts:  Public Administration Assistant Minister Darko Paric (SDP), Bernard Grsic (HDZ),  and Josip Katalinic (MOST), IT entrepreneur and MOST campaign manager.

        During the introductory speeches, Latvian MP Edvards Smiltens, who is also Latvia’s digital champion, strongly promoted the digital economy in Latvia, mentioning all the benefits the Latvian economy gained from a shift towards the digital and sharing economy. Davor Tremac, Uber General Manager for South East Europe, also emphasised that the digital and collaborative economy are an opportunity to increase Croatian exports and standard of citizens. He concluded that Croatia needs to stop speaking in terms of how much potential there is in Croatia, but to begin realising this potential – “unrealised potential is a lost opportunity”. HUP General Director Davor Majetic urged the leaders to highly prioritise the digital economy…

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