Digitalization enables the modernization of the Swedish social structure.
At the latest World Economic Forum in Davos, digitalisation was singled out as the most important force for social change. Our society faces a number of challenges.
We need to maintain our high quality welfare provision for less money and we need more jobs, while at the same time we lack skills in key future professions, urbanisation is placing considerable demands on housebuilding and services, and Swedish companies need favourable conditions to grow in a local and a global market. In addition to this, we are currently wrestling with the largest mass movement of people in our time, and issues such as migration and integration require brand new solutions. The cornerstones of society face major changes that challenge our way of managing public-sector Sweden.
To handle these challenges, we need to think and act smartly – and together.
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and the government have thus agreed on an agenda for the digital renewal of Sweden’s public sector. This will involve creating better conditions for collaboration between municipalities, the state and national authorities, for example by identifying concrete areas and projects where we need to work differently on the basis of digitalisation. The government has also appointed a council for the digitalisation of Sweden’s public sector. The council will serve as a forum for coordination at several levels, partly between authorities and between municipalities and county councils, and partly within the Government Offices.
We are now taking the next step to up the pace of the work.
The government and SALAR are thus inviting you to a top level meeting with a focus on the key social challenges for which digitalisation is part of the solution. Over the course of two days, you and the top decision-makers in the public sector, business and academia will have the opportunity to conduct a strategic discussion on the analysis of where we are heading and what needs to be done. The programme will also highlight inspiring examples and case studies, both Swedish and international.