Innovation, new technologies, the digital sector – these are all key directions for the development of the economic and social future of Romania. The numbers highlight a potential that our country is currently not using enough: we are already among the top countries when it comes to certified IT specialists per capita or when it comes to high speed internet, in the areas where it is accessible.
But these statistics actually hide the absence of a real strategy in the sector. Similar to other sectors, Romania is a country of paradoxes, as here the inequalities are also very high: almost half of the population has no digital competences (43%), the level of public digital services is very low (only 8% of citizens are using them), while innovation and digital entrepreneurship are underfunded.
However, despite all these, numerous “islands” of innovation have appeared, created by passionate people, who make their own exception exceptional, through the results and dynamism they show. As a result, in 2016 the ICT sector has contributed with about 6% to the formation of Romanian GDP (a percent which grew from 3,4% in 2010).
Furthermore, in order for this sector to reach its maturity, it is necessary to ensure support, coherent and specific public policies and, most importantly, to be connected to the European and international debates. In order to adapt to the new economic landscape, Europe is reforming and is putting a high emphasis on the digital sector, regardless of how much Romania is participating.
In this context, more than ever is important to ensure that the voice of the Romanian digital sector is heard, in order to benefit from a growing common digital market, we need to federate our actions and gather relevant expertise.
From this reality, an initiative group – formed by digital enthusiasts, public policy experts, representatives of the business sector and digital innovators – came together with the aim of creating a community that will enhance the debate concerning digital topics, generate feasible solutions, supported by real arguments, while also making its presence known within the European context.
Thus, results the initiative of creating the first Romanian Think-Tank in the digital field – Digital Citizens Romania.
This network of expertise starts from the following premise: that digitalization is an ample process that has an impact at all levels of our society and economy, and in this framework we need to actively contribute to the understanding and coordination of this strategic priority, through concrete projects, research and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Any person interested in the digital sector, with expertise or experience in the field, can have an active role in the dynamics of the Think-Tank, by simply becoming a future Digital Citizen.
Join us in the Digital Citizens Romania Community!