In the National Recovery and Resilience Plan alone, EUR 1.6 billion is earmarked for the digital transition, which is approximately ¼ of the total plan. This was announced by the Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stojanov during a Round Table on “Digitisation, Cybersecurity and Local Government” at the UNWE. According to him, proper investments in digital transformation are a guarantee for reporting sustainable growth.
The Minister of Economy pointed out that among the fastest growing sectors in the country are information and communication technologies. The ICT industry in Bulgaria in 2021 is among the three with the highest growth. It employs more than 70 thousand people and has grown by more than 50% in ten years.
“The role of municipalities in the Bulgarian economy is key and it is important that they are involved in as many processes as possible,” Minister Stojanov said. He pointed out that a very good partnership has been established between the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the National Association of Bulgarian Municipalities. This year, for the first time, representatives of the municipalities participated in the annual meeting of our commercial attachés abroad, as well as in the thematic working groups tasked with elaborating measures for economic growth in a number of areas.
The opening of the round table was attended by the Rector of the UNWE Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov, PhD, Deputy Minister of Tourism Prof. Mariela Modeva, representatives of the Ministry of eGovernment and others.
Today’s event is organized jointly with the Union for Economic Initiative, the Bulgarian Industrial Association, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of e-Government, the Executive Agency “Bulgarian Accreditation Service”, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic Bulgaria, the National Representation of Student Councils, the Student Council at the UNWE and with the support of the Department of National and Regional Security.