The Economic Development and Technology Ministry of Slovenia presented on Monday a draft of an industrial strategy for 2021-2030, which looks to create the conditions for restructuring Slovenia’s industrial sector into an industry of knowledge and innovativeness for new and better jobs.
Presenting the document at a conference in Brdo pri Kranju, State Secretary Simon Zajc said that it featured well thought-through and effective measures that would provide the industry with additional development momentum.
“The basic purpose is to set up guidelines for industrial development, which would serve as the basis for support measures,” he said, adding that one of the key tasks should be connecting value chains, companies of various sizes and knowledge institutions with other stakeholders.
The government wants to create conditions for a knowledge- and innovativeness-based industry to secure new and better jobs. “We want to realise the vision of Slovenia’s industrial development as green, creative and smart.”
The principal indicator of the Slovenian industrial strategy is labour productivity, which the ministry wants to reach EUR 66,000 in added value per employee by 2030. The intermediate goal for 2025 has been set at EUR 60,000.
Prime Minister Janez Janša emphasized in his video address that, in order to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic, some key considerations are needed about the goals that Slovenia wants to achieve, the path that leads to them and the resources at its disposal. “Without the structural renewal of the European economy, sustainable, inclusive and regionally balanced development will not be possible,” he said in a video address to conference participants.
He also said that Slovenia had a unique and historic opportunity to provide the necessary investments in research and development, innovation, digitalization, education, as well as training for the professions of the future.
“By carefully investing the funds we negotiated at the European Council in July, Slovenia can not only reduce the gap with the most developed economies, but it can catch up and even overtake them,” Janša said, adding: “When we invest European funds our priority is to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. Only in this way, with fiscal sustainability, we will be able to finance a high level of public services, ensure successful digitization of various social subsystems, face demographic trends that are unfortunately unfavourable and provide lasting and stable prosperity of the entire Slovenian population”, said Prime Minister Janez Janša.
From the aspect of green development, the transition to a circular economy, decarbonisation of the energy-intensive industry, sustainable mobility and industry based on wood and other natural materials are of key importance.
As for creative development, the strategy wants to create a favourable environment for innovation, including support for nanotechnology innovation.
The strategy will be in public consultation until 16 October./ibna