As emphasised in the statement, digital inclusion is a prerequisite for a successful digital transformation and increased competitiveness of our region.
- When implemented effectively, digitalisation can improve inclusion in the society. Our societies in the Nordic and Baltic region are built on democracy, equality, human capital and social responsibility. We need to make sure that the digital transformation of our region adheres to these principles now and in the future. We have therefore now launched a cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries to promote digital inclusion, says Minister of Local Government Sirpa Paatero.
The first action taken by the Council of Ministers for Digitalisation was to initiate a study on how digital inclusion is monitored. The study will be published in the beginning of 2022.
- The results of the study will provide the baseline for joint measures and for creating a set of indicators for digital inclusion in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Paatero explains.
The objective is to help the Nordic and Baltic decision-makers to arrive at a shared view of the current state of digital inclusion in our societies. This will support the formulation of effective policy measures to close the digital divide.