EU countries need tighter collaboration with the ICT industry
The productivity deficit created by aging population in the
EU region can be stabilized only by highly developed ICT technology. No country
is able to develop these solutions on its own. The EU must continue to invest
more and more into the creation of a digital common market, the removal of
legislative obstacles and the identification of innovative solutions.
The need for tighter collaboration within the EU’s ICT
sector came up in nearly every speech given at the European Summit on the
Future Internet. TIVIT, the Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and
Innovation in the Field of ICT, organized this international conference for the
third time on May 31st and June 1st in Espoo, Finland, together with SNT,
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University
In addition to increasing internal cooperation, the EU must also strengthen its
relations with China, the rapidly growing ICT sector of which offers European
companies enormous business opportunities and vice versa!
”Within ten years the number of Internet users in China will grow fiercely with
the Internet penetration increasing from 30% to 70%. Furthermore, we are among
the first countries to migrate to the IPv6 protocol. However, we still need to
resolve a number of questions regarding infrastructure, management, design and
technologies. This is where European businesses can also be of help,” commented
Professor Jianping Wu from Tsinghua University. Wu has significantly impacted
the development of the Internet in China.
Finland now has an excellent possibility to embrace the role of bridge-builder
in furthering the relations between the ICT industries in the EU and China.
”Not a single EU country has similar relations with Chinese ICT players as
Finland does. Finland already acts as an ICT gateway between Europe and China.
The consistent work is now starting to bear fruit: the door is open for wider
cooperation and to the Chinese ICT market. New cooperation opportunities are
opening up to Finnish companies – as well as to players in the ICT industries
in other EU countries. We need to learn to create new solutions together,” said
Reijo Paajanen, CEO of TIVIT.
Finland’s forerunning position is justified also in the light of numbers.
”According to different surveys, the share of the ICT industry of the GDP in
Western industrialized countries varies between three and six percentage
points. However, the figure in Finland is up to 10 %, and the industry
continues to grow at a fast rate,” stated Minister of Housing and
Communications Krista Kiuru who in the Finnish Government is responsible for
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