Denmark is partner country of the Smart Country Convention
Denmark is Europe’s “digital champion”
Debut event from 20 to 22 November 2018 at the CityCube Berlin
Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen to open the event
Berlin, 4 July 2018 – Be it digitally connected citizens’ service centres, electronic medical reports, internet tax declarations or gigabit networks, Denmark has become a pioneer in many areas of digitalisation. The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) puts Denmark top of the list of 28 EU countries. At the Smart Country Convention 2018 Denmark will be the official partner country of the fair, and from 20 to 22 November 2018 will showcase innovative digital applications for administrations, public enterprises and for authorities at town, municipal and county level. This was announced by the digital association Bitkom and Messe Berlin GmbH, the joint organisers of the Smart Country Convention. “Denmark is showing how to manage the digital transformation and has already accomplished many digital projects which Germany has yet to confront. We can learn a lot from Denmark, politically and in practical terms too“, said Bitkom president Achim Berg. Since 2001 traditional mail correspondence in Denmark has declined by more than two-thirds. At the same time, between 2006 and 2016, the number of electronic letters sent by the country’s mail service rose from 19 million to 368 million. “In Denmark hardly anyone sends conventional letters anymore. Big institutions such as public authorities and banks do so electronically. The OECD’s eGovernment ranking also lists Denmark in first place.“ The Smart Country Convention is the new event for digital applications in administrations, public enterprises and authorities at federal, state and municipal level. Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen will open the event.
The Kingdom of Denmark’s ambassador to Germany Friis Arne Petersen, said:
“We are living in a new age. The digital transformation is bringing profound change to our societies, placing new demands on citizens and businesses alike. Digitalisation opens up a world of opportunities and we need to ensure that all parts of society benefit. Technological progress is not without its challenges and addressing these requires courage, trust and political will. There is no way around it. Our experience shows that successful digitalisation creates growth and frees up public resources, which can be allocated to other important tasks. In Denmark we are striving for a progressive and citizen-centric digital culture. This is essential if we want to maintain our competitiveness, wealth and welfare. A modern and effective public administration and the active use of new technologies among citizens and corporations should lead the way. Not just in Denmark but throughout Europe. Together with our European partners, the Danish government is committed to pushing this agenda. That is why Denmark is participating in the Smart Country Convention. We want to share our experiences and solutions and hope to inspire the digital agenda in Germany.“
Leading enterprises in the digital economy including Deutsche Telekom and SAP, Europe’s biggest software company, support the Smart Country Convention. The partners representing the public sector are the three leading organisations representing local government – the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, the Association of German Cities and the German County Association – as well the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU) and the National eGovernment Competence Centre (NEGZ). The media partners of the event include ’Behörden Spiegel’, the leading source of information for administrations, and the specialist magazine ’eGovernment Computing’. Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin: “The Smart Country Convention gathers all the relevant players representing administrations, politics, the digital economy, associations and science. Whether the task is networking the energy and transport sector or smart services for public authorities, digitalisation of the entire public sector can only be achieved through intersectoral dialogue.“
After 2018 The Smart Country Convention will continue to be held at the end of the year at the CityCube Berlin. Information is available online at www.smartcountry.berlin.
The Smart Country Convention is a new event which focuses on the digitalisation of the public sector and is co-organised by the digital association Bitkom and Messe Berlin. The three-day event will take place annually in November on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and will gather all the relevant players representing administrations, politics, the digital economy, associations and science. Combining a congress, workshops, expo and networking events, the Smart Country Convention will examine the digital transformation of cities, communities and the public sector. The focus will be on digital administrations as well as the digitalisation of public services in the fields of energy, transport, safety, waste disposal, water distribution, education, healthcare and housing.
The Smart Country Convention is a new event which focuses on the digitalisation of the public sector and is co-organised by the digital association Bitkom and Messe Berlin. The three-day event will take place annually in November on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and gather all the relevant players representing administrations, politics, the digital economy, associations and science. Combining a congress, workshops, expo and networking events, the Smart Country Convention will examine the digital transformation of cities, communities and the public sector. The focus will be on digital administrations as well as the digitalisation of public services in the fields of energy, transport, safety, waste disposal, water distribution, education, healthcare and housing.
Bitkom represents over 2,600 companies in the digital economy, over 1,800 of whom are direct members. With their IT and telecoms business alone, annual turnover is 190 billion euros, including exports worth 50 billion euros. Bitkom members in Germany employ a combined workforce of over 2 million. Among Bitkom’s members are 1,000 SMEs, over 400 startups and practically every global player. They market software, IT services, telecoms and internet services, manufacture appliances and components, represent the digital media or other parts of the digital economy. 80 per cent of these companies are based in Germany, 8 per cent each are in Europe and the US, and 4 per cent in other regions. Bitkom supports and is a driving force behind the digital transformation of the German economy and campaigns for a broad societal involvement in digital processes. The aim is to make Germany one of the world´s prime locations for digital business.
About Messe Berlin
Based on turnover and growth, Messe Berlin is among the world's ten leading trade fair companies. Each year it develops, markets and hosts hundreds of live events in Berlin and around the world. Its wide-ranging portfolio includes IFA, InnoTrans, ITB, FRUIT LOGISTICA and the International Green Week, all leading global trade fairs, as well as major conferences and outstanding events such as the street celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate. Messe Berlin has around 90 foreign representatives who market events in over 170 countries. Each year some 30,000 members of the media from all parts of the world obtain accreditation for events on the exhibition grounds in Berlin where the company has its headquarters. Thus, Messe Berlin acts as a driving force of the metropolis that is Berlin. Its aim is to be an outstanding host for visitors to every event at Messe Berlin, to give individuals an optimum boost for their business and to ensure fair conditions for everyone. This approach is reflected in the company slogan: ‘Messe Berlin – Hosting the World’. www.messe-berlin.de