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Slovenian Digital Centre opens

Ljubljana, 09 July (STA) - A Slovenian Digital Centre opened at the BTC City shopping district in Ljubljana on Friday to promote digitalisation of businesses and Slovenian society. The centre will foster cooperation among Slovenian companies and other organisations and promote them abroad during Slovenia's EU presidency.

80 events are planned to promote some 200 companies during the coming six months, with business delegations to come from Slovakia, France, Hungary, Austria and Japan.

Each month will focus on one of the six areas which the national recovery and resilience plan is build around: smart cities and communities, sustainable society and economy, artificial intelligence, 5G and cybersecurity, digital transformation, and 4.0 industry with robotics.

The centre is a collaboration of several ministers, the SPIRIT agency, the Digital Innovation Hub of Slovenia and the BTC company, with participation of scientific and educational institutions and businesses.

"We will present the best of the Slovenian economy in the Digital Centre," Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek said at the opening event.

"I believe this is a good foundation to start the Slovenian EU presidency with," said Počivalšek, adding it was also good for promotion at EXPO in Dubai and for the Slovenian economy's green and digital transformation.

Education, Science and Sport Minister Simona Kustec said this would also be a centre of know-how, saying the pandemic had shown that school was still the main place of knowledge, but also that the knowledge could be enriched with the best of what the digital world could offer.

"An absolute yes to digital development and artificial intelligence, yet only to the point when it serves people and the society's further development ...," she said.

Public Administration Minister Boštjan Koritnik said the centre was a good opportunity for people to get rid of their fears of new technologies.

He believes post-pandemic economic recovery will be faster if based on digital transformation, stressing digitalisation and cybersecurity are at the forefront of Slovenia's EU presidency.

He said Slovenia would systematically centralise the country's information infrastructure. At the start of next year, biometric IDs will start being issued bringing a safe electronic identity and partly replacing healthcare cards.

Jernej Salecl from the Economy Ministry said at the news conference following the opening that the new centre was an opportunity to internationalise Slovenian companies after the process had been partly hampered during the pandemic.

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