The President of CEOE, Juan Rosell and the President of the organization’s Commission for a Digital Society, Julio Linares, presented before the media the “Digital Plan 2020: Digitalization of the Spanish Society”, in which Spanish entrepreneurs recommend a State pact to boost Spain’s digitalization.
The Plan contains 237 proposals prepared by the Commission for a Digital Society, based on proposals from numerous business organizations and companies that want Spain to join the group of European countries leading the digitization process. To achieve this, the country needs to improve its relative position in two specific indices: the NRI (Networked Readiness Index), where Spain aims to be positioned among the top 20; and the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index), in which Spain should be placed among the first 10 positions.
The business proposals will contribute to increase the GDP to 3.2 per cent by the year 2020 and generate 250,000 new jobs, provided that the Digital Plan manages to revitalize what it calls the “three basic pillars”, that is: Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the involvement of all Public Administrations and all productive sectors is required.
These plans, according to CEOE, are essential for the digitalisation process to strengthen competitiveness, boost growth, create jobs, enable the sustainability of social benefits, reduce economic and social differences, increase the quality of life and place Spain in a prominent position within the world’s digitization process.
The Plan presented, which is transversal, aims to establish the entrepreneurial position on this issue and to become a reference for dialogue with the various Spanish and European administrations and the other social agents. To achieve this, it contains chapters on the digitization of the Public Sector, of the productive sectors and the companies that comprise them and of the citizens.
With regard to the Public Sector, CEOE’s proposals call for a fully Electronic Administration that enables completely digital contacts with companies and citizens. It also calls for increased budget allocations for digital investment projects, among other issues.
With regard to the productive sectors, the Employer’s Federation advocates the development of a National Digital Transformation Program with awareness-raising actions and help to transform those production sectors that are more labour intensive and contribute the most to the GDP. In addition, it encourages the use of digital technologies for the automation of functions, as well as their application to the sales processes or to the digital transformation of business models.
CEOE ‘s Plan carefully analyses the situation for Small and Medium Enterprises. For them, it asks for an effort to create awareness and stimulate business segments by types of activity and size. Thus, it proposes the development of a large specific project for their digitization that could be called ” Digital SME” and that would work from various angles, such as creating awareness of the benefits that digitalisation has on productivity or Training in digital skills.
In addition, there should be efficient resource management through the use of Big Data techniques to implement intelligence systems and predictive models, an aid plan for the renovation of the existing base of technological solutions that are over 4 years old or promotion for the use of electronic invoices.
For Spanish entrepreneurs, the requested State Pact, which would serve to boost digital development, should be shaped through a series of premises, among which it is worth highlighting the assignment of the digitization process to a Parliamentary Commission that would control its progress and ensure that an appropriate legislative framework is in place; appropriate coordination with the corresponding European plans and constant social dialogue on jobs in the future.