ZAGREB, July 2 – Croatia is making progress in digital transformation, but the process should be stepped up, otherwise the country will lag behind, a conference called digitaln@.hr was told in Zagreb on Tuesday.
“Croatia ranks 20th among the EU member states in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), while at the start of the term of the present government it ranked 24th. We can do much better than the progress made in the DESI index so far. We envision Croatia in the upper part of the ranking, above the EU average,” said Bernard Grsic, state secretary at the Central State Office for the Development of Digital Society.
Davor Majetic, director general of the Croatian Employers Association (HUP), said that Croatia was indeed ranked 20th in the DESI, but added that this meant that 20 other EU countries were more effectively utilizing opportunities offered by digitisation. He said that the focus should be on the Internet of things and artificial intelligence.
Majetic said that full digital transformation required proper infrastructure, noting that many people in Croatia still did not have broadband Internet access.
Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolusic said that the e-Citizen system was a good example of how the government can help speed up and promote digitisation, adding that digitisation was also key for agriculture.
The conference was organised by the Hanza Media company.