06 mar 2017
Digital Plan 2020

CEOE presents its Digital Plan 2020 before Álvaro Nadal

It calls for a State Pact for digitalisation and proposes measures that would achieve a GDP increase of 3.2% by 2020

This afternoon, the President of CEOE’s Digital Society Commission and Vice-president of Telefónica’s Board of Directors, Julio Linares, presented before the Minister of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, the "Digital Plan 2020: Digitalisation of the Spanish Society" in which Spanish businessmen suggest a State Pact for Spain’s digitalisation.

Caption from left to right: Álvaro Nadal and Julio Linares
Caption from left to right: Álvaro Nadal and Julio Linares — ©David Mudarra

This agreement would serve to promote digital development and ensure the implementation of the Plan through a series of provisions, among which CEOE highlights a Parliamentary Commission that would monitor its progress and ensure a proper legislative framework; coordination with the corresponding European plans and social dialogue on jobs in the future.

The 215 proposals included in the Plan aim to add Spain to the group of European countries leading the digitalisation process.  To do this, it is necessary to improve the relative position of our country in two specific indices: the NRI (Networked Readiness Index), where the goal is for Spain to rank among the top 20; and the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index), where Spain should be within the top 10 positions.

The business proposals, in this sense, would contribute to increasing the GDP for 2020 by 3.2% and would generate 250,000 new jobs, provided they revitalize what the Digital Plan calls the "three basic pillars": Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, it would require the involvement of all Public Administrations and all productive sectors.

According to CEOE, these approaches are essential for the irreversible and necessary process of digitalisation to strengthen competitiveness, boost growth, create employment, enable sustainable social benefits, reduce economic and social differences, increase the quality of life and place Spain in a prominent position among worldwide digitalisation.

The Plan presented, which is cross-sectoral and is based on proposals from organizations and companies integrated within CEOE, underlines as one of its objectives to state the business position on this issue and to become the reference for dialogue with the various Spanish and European Administrations and other social actors. To achieve this, it contains chapters on the digitalisation of the Public Sector, of the productive sectors and their corresponding companies and of the citizens.

With regard to the Public Sector, CEOE’s proposal calls for the promotion of a completely electronic Administration, whereby contact with companies and citizens becomes completely digital. It also calls for increased budget allocations for digital investment projects, among other issues.

With regard to the productive sectors, entrepreneurs advocate developing a National Digital Transformation Program with actions to raise awareness and help to transform the most productive sectors into jobs and contribution to the GDP. In addition, they request the promotion of digital technologies for the automation of functions, the application of these technologies to sales processes or the digital transformation of business models.

CEOE’s Plan analyses SMEs in depth. For these, it calls for an effort to increase awareness and stimuli aimed at segments of companies by types of activity and size. Thus, it proposes the development of a large specific project for their digitalization that could be called "Digital SME" and that would work on several fronts, such as raising awareness on the benefits of digitalisation for productivity or Training in digital skills.

In addition, they should aim for efficient resource management through the application of Big Data techniques to implement intelligence systems and predictive models, offer an aid plan for renovating of the installed base of technological solutions older than 4 years or facilitate the use of the electronic invoice.