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The President says digitization is one of welfare state indicators

2019-09-24

Tuesday, September 24, New York President Gitanas Nausėda delivered a speech on the Principles of Building a Welfare State based on Smart Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Concordia Annual Summit – a forum of public and private sector opinion leaders and decision-makers – taking place alongside the 74th United Nations General Assembly.

The President presented Lithuania’s progress in exploiting the benefits of digitalization and robotization to an abundant audience. Since 2014, the added value for our digital economy has been growing two times faster than the total value added. Its turnover grew three times faster compared to Lithuania’s total economic turnover over the past four years. During this time, digital public services developed and expanded. Looking further ahead, Lithuania has recently adopted the National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence, which highlights the need to develop and adjust artificial intelligence for state institutions and the public sector”, said the President. The President recalled that Lithuania has probably the most attractive development ecosystem for startups and Fintech companies.

In his speech, the President named key challenges to building a welfare state, including income inequality, social exclusion, education problems, unequal access to technological innovations. According to the President, digitization can also become a factor of exclusion and inequality.

“In the future, we need to pay more attention to low-income, rural and older populations, low-skilled workers, people with disabilities, as well as young people who have just graduated. Our long-term goal is to ensure that all those IT opportunities are available every day for as many people as possible”, the President added.

The President named new skills needed for the digital age and life-long learning as key elements of the welfare state and prerequisite of social progress.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.09.30 11:03

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