Flanders needs focus
If Flanders seriously wants to boost the ICT sector, it is necessary to prioritise. To be able to raise its sights, a multi-year strategy needs to be developed and translated into policy and a concrete implementation plan. Research is an important component of such a policy, but the valorisation of that research is as important, if not more so, to set new dynamics in motion. To become a global player as a region you need to have an ecosystem anchored in knowledge and economic activity, but which always leaves space for new entrants.
Major social projects can be a guideline in stimulating economic sectors. Technology, for instance, still offers much potential for a broader approach to mobility problems, for example in relation to road pricing or integrating private and public transport. Likewise, the intensive introduction of technology in the health sector demands an integrated interdisciplinary approach. How, for example, should such technology be slotted into the chain of care providers, public authorities and patients? What about aspects such as security and privacy? Thus far the Flanders In Action programme has only pointed a way forward, but concrete translation into ambitious initiatives has been lacking.
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