Discussing opportunities and support for local authorities in digital societies during the 5th European Congress of Local Governments

The local development of digital societies is another topic that will be discussed during the 5th European Congress of Local Governments at the beginning of April in Cracow.

How local authorities and societies can take advantage of the new technology revolution and new smart professions to improve life’s quality and empower local administrators and citizens? Top experts will try to answer that question during the Industry 4.0. & Local Authorities: Opportunities and Support for Digital Societies discussion panel. Among them: Martin Peter – Head of Centre for Financial Innovations, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic; Yane Frenski – Innovation and Education International Expert, CEO and Founder of VIZLA, Austria; Grzegorz Napieralski, Senator, Senate, Poland; Enrique Doblas – Scientific & research coordinator of CREAF, Spain; Dr. Tadeusz Jedrzejczyk, Vice Director of Medicine UCK Gdansk – Former President of the Polish National Health Fund; and United Nations Representative – expert in Industry 4.0. and Local Economic Development.

Today, we can offer our citizens and public administrators new services, innovative tools and technology for a higher quality of life standards, better management of public resources while creating new jobs and evidence-based policy-making. Which type of support, knowledge and trainings are needed then by public administrators to take advantage of the opportunities of the new digital societies? How can they use industry 4.0. solutions for public good, growth and effective administration in relation to public health, finance, education, infrastructure, transport, tourism, land, water and forests management?

Industry 4.0 is expected to be a key factor of social and economic growth in the future. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, geographic information system & satellite, blockchain and big data are the new instruments of our daily lives. Local authorities and their administrators will be at the center of the success or failure of how technology will be used to harvest new opportunities. This is why local authorities and citizens need to be knowledgeable and trained to understand new technologies and their capacities to make best use of them.

Transitions to digital ecosystems have started: cities, towns and local areas, have different paces and approaches and often move in an uncoordinated manner. Economic development and sustainability will depend on several key factors such as the maturity of the technologies, the level of social acceptance, the governance models, the new emerging professions. Poland is a unique crossroad of labor, research, governance and economic flows: It can foster new models for a sustainable, reliable and inclusive economic and social development – locally and internationally.

The panel will be moderated by Tomas Matraia, Executive Director of the multidisciplinary platform The Node and Director of The AdWisers  – a global advisory group specialized in internationalization, innovation and leadership process. He is a frequent speaker at numerous international events and debates, providing also facilitation, moderation and dedicated trainings in innovation processes, leadership, change, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and communication. He previously served in the United Nations and European Commission working on international cooperation, sustainable development, science, technology, research and innovation along with social inclusion, outreach and partnerships.