Swedish digitisation strategy aims at full employment

Friday 19 May 2017 | 13:42 CET | News

The Swedish government has published a digitisation strategy and said it will establish a state secretarial group for coordination. The strategy has five goals and the government wants Sweden to have the lowest unemployment rate in Europe in 2020.

The strategy aims to boost competitiveness and to create full employment, alongside sustainable economic, social and environment development. The overarching goal is for Sweden to be the best in the world in exploiting the opportunities that arise from digitisation, with Europe’s lowest unemployment rate in 2020. The five subordinate goals concerning competence, security, innovation, leadership and infrastructure.

As regards competence, everyone should be confident in using online tools and services, and be able to keep up with developments. Concerning security, it said that the public, business and organisations should trust digital services, which ought to be simple to use.

Digital innovation means creating the conditions for new and better services that support the environment, society, business and individuals. The leadership goal concerns making companies efficient through management, measurement and monitoring. Turning to infrastructure, it said this should be improved and bolstered so that data can be transported in as effective a way as possible.

The government said it will increase coordination to enable it to take the decisions necessary to reach its political goals. A visionary leadership is required, with national coordination, regulations and the ability to identify any obstacles. A digitisation council has been set up to support execution. A coordinating state secretary group will be established within the government office, it added.

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