Gurria: Slovakia’s Presidency of OECD to Focus on Digitising

OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria (photo by TASR)

Strbske Pleso, October 6 (TASR) – Slovakia will focus on the issues of digitising during its presidency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting, OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria said at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2018 held in Strbske Pleso (Presov region) on Saturday.

“It’s also because the OECD will publish a complete report following a two-year research on digitising,” stated Gurria, adding that the digitising agenda is very important as it changes people’s lives. “It’s happening every day. What is crucial is how we can use it for better public policy,” stated Gurria.
Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) at GLOBSEC said it will be a success of Slovakia’s presidency of the Visegrad Four (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and OECD if it manages to assert common elements in these agendas. One of the issues is a need to change the character of the Slovak economy so that it’s increasingly based on added value and research, said Lajcak.
According to Lajcak, OECD studies show that 40 percent of current jobs will be scrapped in Slovakia as a result of the global development. “For me it’s an opportunity to show that Slovakia is a part of addressing problems,” stated Lajcak. It’s also important that Slovakia isn’t an assembly hall of Europe and the world, but the country where policies are made and jobs are based on knowledge, stressed the minister.