At the 26th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF) in Prague on "Promoting economic progress and security in the OSCE area through innovation, human capital development and good public and corporate governance", participants were introduced about reforms of the modernization initiated by Head of State.
The agenda of the Forum was set following the results of preparatory meetings in Vienna and Venice this year. During the EEF, representatives of government, private sector, civil society and international experts discussed issues of digital economy opportunities, digital security in the business sector, digital innovations as a tool to strengthen good public and corporate governance, boosting innovative business models and economic connectivity in the digital age. The participants considered the possibility of adopting draft decisions of the OSCE Ministerial Council in the field of economic and environmental dimension, which will be held in Milan this year.
The main priorities of the State of the nation address "New Opportunities for Development in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev made on 10 January 2018 was noted by Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to International Organizations in Vienna - Chairperson of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee Kairat Sarybay.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Guglielmo Picchi stressed that digitalization despite being a new concept for OSCE it can help organization to reinvent itself. He also mentioned about positive impacts of digitalization to business, which resulted in creation of new jobs. Digitalization also poses a risk which should be jointly mediated by participating states.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petříček stated the importance of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum as a crucial platform for dialogue and confidence building.