Sitemap

Comment

E – Lifeline

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital transformation and connectivity for Serbia. It also showed that the diligent work of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications, as well as other partners in the public and private sector, has paid off

There aren’t many policies (aside from fiscal discipline) that have been subjected to such fierce scrutiny as the long term work of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications in the areas of telecommunications and digitalisation. It was a year ago, almost overnight, that everybody shifted their work and life online as much as possible – from the public administration and large public institutions, such as schools, hospitals and social services, to large sectors that were capable of transferring to remote work, small and medium-sized companies that suddenly found themselves ready to enter the waters of e commerce, and ordinary citizens.

This wouldn’t have been conceivable without the adequate infrastructure and long term planning and collaboration. It became evident that inter-sector policies that steered the way to e-government, e-banking and several other e-s, made the lives of businesses and citizens easier than we’d thought. In other words, thanks to a systemic approach to digitalisation in terms of regulatory development, encouraging the development of telecommunications, information security, raising digital skills, developing e-commerce and enabling market liberalisation all paid off – for everything from e- learning to support for vaccination.

The development of broadband is a great opportunity to accelerate economic progress in less developed areas of Serbia

As a result of this, it turned out that most of Serbia had better internet connections than many states with more advanced telecommunication sectors; that the Ministry, in collaboration with other partners, supported the massive shift of both large and small companies to E-commerce, providing a lifeline for many businesses that thought they wouldn’t be able to cope with so many health related restrictions.

Indeed, many loopholes also appeared. One of them is certainly digital illiteracy, both at the level of companies and the public administration, as well as in services and schools. Many business procedures couldn’t be completed entirely online, as some legislation was missing or confusing. And some businesses in areas that had less 4G network coverage felt left behind.

With the current wisdom earned through the tough days of COVID-19, which is still with us, some of the policies envisaged as part of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans, as well as national polices related to digital transformation, seem to have become even more relevant. This relates to the 5G roadmap to digital transformation, the objective to cover all parts of Serbia with high-speed internet access, including those areas that private operators have no interest in developing, and to dramatically increase digital literacy across sectors and fields of work and life while further boosting ICT capacities and human capital.

Related Articles

Tatjana Matić, Serbian Minister Of Trade, Tourism And Telecommunications

Huge Potential To Develop Postal Services

By investing in reliable e-commerce web platforms for postal operators, constructing logistics capacities and procuring delivery vehicles, but also opening new parcel warehouses and...

Air Serbia To Launch Flights To China

Air Serbia is planning to introduce flights to China by the end of the year, it was announced by the Minister for Trade, Tourism...

Serbia: Minimum Consumer Basket Exceeds 40,000 Dinars

According to the latest official data for March, the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Serbia rose by 15.7 percent. The Confederation of Independent Trade...

43rd International Tourism Fair Opened

Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Tatjana Matić officially opened the 43rd International Tourism Fair. She said that the visit of a large...

The Inflow From Tourism In 2021 Higher Than 2019 Record

"Foreign exchange inflow from tourism in Serbia in 2021 amounts to one billion and 596 million euros, which exceeds the most successful 2019 so...

Auction For Frequency Allocation For 5G Network In Serbia In The Middle Of 2022

Serbia is expected to hold an auction for allocating frequencies for 5G networks to mobile network operators around the middle of 2022, minister of...

Tatjana Matić, Serbian Minister Of Tourism, Trade And Telecommunications

We Share The Same Vision Of Digital Networking With Europe

The introduction of the 5G network will undoubtedly provide a strong impetus to Serbia’s overall development. Serbia has today already secured 4G mobile network...

Tatjana Matić, Serbian Minister Of Trade, Tourism And Telecommunications

No Progress Without The Digital Agenda

Serbia has demonstrated that it’s ready for digital integration within the framework of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans and that it is...

More...

Comment by Zoran Panović

Favourite Enemies

Of course, there has been no occurrence of the most normal possible thing for fixing relations, which would be for Serbian and Croatian presidents...

Aleksandar Radić, Military Analyst

Rearming Is A Long Process

It is obvious that we will see the re-forming of many of the battalions that were disbanded over the last couple of decades, when...

Marija Ignjatijević, Researcher, Belgrade Centre For Security Policy

The EU (Still) Lacks Sufficient Might To Form Autonomous Defence Capacities

The very fact that the EU repurposed its peace facility instrument to arm Ukraine has significant operative relevance, but also symbolic relevance. Member states...

Nikola Lunić, Executive Director Of The Council For Strategic Policy

Time To Create Dependable Alliances

Under the conditions of a taxing history and unstable relations, the Western Balkan region could easily become an instrument of major powers in the...

News

Serbia Exported 30,000 Tons Of Ice Cream Worth 63.5 Million Euros

Last year, 30,000 tons of ice cream worth 63.5 million euros were exported from Serbia, mostly to countries in...

Italy Is Suing Slovenia Over Balsamic Vinegar

The Italian government is launching legal proceedings against Slovenia in an attempt to defend the authenticity of its geographically...

Ambassador Pinter: Serbia The Most Important Partner In Western Balkans

Hungary sees Serbia as the most important economic partner in the Western Balkans. The Hungarian government strives to support...

EU Governments: Recommendations On How To Save Energy

After it was published in the EU's official administrative gazette, the European Union's plan to reduce gas consumption came...

Stoltenberg: Serbia Has Been NATO’s Close Partner For Many Years

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that the North Atlantic Alliance is a long-term and close partner with Serbia,...

Serbia Exported 30,000 Tons Of Ice Cream Worth 63.5 Million Euros

Last year, 30,000 tons of ice cream worth 63.5 million euros were exported from Serbia, mostly to countries in...

Italy Is Suing Slovenia Over Balsamic Vinegar

The Italian government is launching legal proceedings against Slovenia in an attempt to defend the authenticity of its geographically...

Ambassador Pinter: Serbia The Most Important Partner In Western Balkans

Hungary sees Serbia as the most important economic partner in the Western Balkans. The Hungarian government strives to support...

EU Governments: Recommendations On How To Save Energy

After it was published in the EU's official administrative gazette, the European Union's plan to reduce gas consumption came...

Stoltenberg: Serbia Has Been NATO’s Close Partner For Many Years

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that the North Atlantic Alliance is a long-term and close partner with Serbia,...

Serbia Exported 30,000 Tons Of Ice Cream Worth 63.5 Million Euros

Last year, 30,000 tons of ice cream worth 63.5 million euros were exported from Serbia, mostly to countries in...

Italy Is Suing Slovenia Over Balsamic Vinegar

The Italian government is launching legal proceedings against Slovenia in an attempt to defend the authenticity of its geographically...

Ambassador Pinter: Serbia The Most Important Partner In Western Balkans

Hungary sees Serbia as the most important economic partner in the Western Balkans. The Hungarian government strives to support...

EU Governments: Recommendations On How To Save Energy

After it was published in the EU's official administrative gazette, the European Union's plan to reduce gas consumption came...

Stoltenberg: Serbia Has Been NATO’s Close Partner For Many Years

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that the North Atlantic Alliance is a long-term and close partner with Serbia,...