“Today we live in an era that we could describe as “the greatest transformation”, said the general secretary of the Ministry of Digital Governance and Simplification of Processes, Leonidas Christopoulos today at noon, speaking in the context of the 26th annual Economist conference on the topic of contrasts, transformations , achievements in a changing world held in a large hotel complex in Lagonisi.
As Mr. Christopoulos pointed out, “in today’s era of greatest transformation, the changes that have taken place create new perceptions and new ways of thinking in people, both for their private lives and for their social and professional lives” and he spoke of pathologies of the past and for a lack of trust from the citizen towards the state.
“These are exactly the problems we came to face with our interventions both with the staff state, at an institutional level, and with the digital state, at the level of providing services to citizens and businesses. Three years later, Greece is building a new self-confidence, based on this larger transformation”.
Mr. Christopoulos pointed out that “we have managed to proceed with a rapid digitization of the state, within 2.5 years. From 500 services to reach 1400 and from 9 million transactions to 566 million, which according to a BSE study , a benefit of 268 million euros has been saved from time savings due to a reduction in commuting time of citizens and employment of employees, while 1.2 million is the saving from the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and 800,000 euros is the limitation of expenditure on forms documents.
In addition, over a period of five years, the benefit will reach 1.3 billion euros as the services provided by the digital portal of the State and its use by citizens increase.
He also underlined that “we have managed to respond with technological tools to crises: By organizing vaccination, with platforms to support vulnerable groups from the crises of war and accuracy.
We have managed to be pioneers in the regulatory environment, with the digital governance law that institutionalized open data, the cloud first policy, the telecommunications directive and also with the new law that will be passed on new emerging technologies, artificial intelligence , blockchain, IoT. Again according to the BSE, Greece moved up three places in the regulatory environment ranking”.
The general secretary of the Ministry of Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures also noted the important role of the ministry in attracting investments in the field of technology, in the creation of tools to support the digital transformation of businesses from the resources of the recovery fund and the ESP, but also tools for upgrading digital skills.
“And according to SEPE data, the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector grew at a higher rate (+4.4%) than the global (+2.3) in the period 2017-2021 and can contribute up to in 2024, added value of 50 billion euros to the Greek economy, 500,000 new jobs, while it may exceed 7.8 billion euros in value in 2022 through the utilization of EU funds and the Recovery Fund for digitization of the economy” noted the general secretary and added that it is a challenge to absorb the funds so that Greece can continue this dynamic in order to transform not only the state but also the whole society.
State structures, public administrations are struggling to stay relevant in an environment that is not only changing, this has happened many times in history, but also changing people’s perceptions.”
Concluding, Mr. Christopoulos characteristically said, “we are trying to think outside the box in the issues of digital transformation in order for Greece to have the competitive position it deserves in the new digital era”.
With regard to dealing with a new health crisis, a new wave of Covid, Mr. Christopoulos commented that the solution lies in governance, which should be adaptable in order to respond to the challenges that will arise.
“What we’ve learned is to think innovatively and be more adaptive when it comes to governance.” Speaking about the justice sector, Mr. Christopoulos said that “the digital transformation must be accelerated because it is a very critical sector”.