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Competitiveness in South East Europe

A Policy Outlook

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Future economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in South East Europe (SEE) depend more than ever on greater economic competitiveness. To underpin the drive to improve competitiveness and foster private investment, an integrated policy approach is needed. This first edition of Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook seeks to help policy makers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia assess their progress towards their growth goals and benchmark them against the good practices adopted by OECD countries and the performance of their regional peers.

This report addresses 15 policy dimensions critical to competitive economies that draw on the South East Europe 2020 Strategy (SEE 2020), a regional growth strategy drawn up by the Regional Cooperation Council and adopted by SEE governments in 2013. The qualitative assessments presented herein use scoring frameworks to enable regional comparisons. A participatory assessment process – that brings together regional policy networks and organisations, policy makers, independent experts and the private sector – ensures a balanced view of performance.

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Digital society in South East Europe

A digital society is one that seeks to exploit the full potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to spur innovation, economic growth and regional competitiveness, and to improve the quality of life. This chapter on the Digital Society Dimension focuses on three sub-dimensions in its assessment of digital society performance and policy development. The ICT Readiness and Intensity Sub-Dimension examines legal and institutional frameworks for developing a secure and accessible information society. The ICT in Education Sub-Dimension assesses the provision of ICT skills in curricula and how well graduates’ ICT skills are matched to the labour market and information society as a whole. The E-Business and E-Commerce Sub-Dimension evaluates regulation and legislation in place to facilitate safe e-commerce.

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