17.11.2020 - Government After Shock - Bridging the Digital Divide in the COVID-19 era: Shaping Central Eastern European Perspectives



Government After Shock — An Unconventional Event for Unconventional Times


17 November 2020 (Tuesday)

10 AM – 11.45 AM via Zoom

Registration for the event is open here.

The event will be live-streamed on this page (on the video tile below) and on our social media channels.

2020 is shaping up to be a momentous year. The emergency presented by the COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up the established order of things, and no one doubts it is yet another turning point in modern history. The digital transformation has proved to be key in preserving certain economic activities throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, it has also exposed the negative consequences of the digital divide, in terms of access to distance education or health care for example. Therefore, it is essential to improve the skills of workers in the digital economy, as well as invest in education and business development. What has been the Central European experience or response so far?

This event aims at providing a unique reflection from the Central European region on 3 key questions:

  • Which policies and government strategies no longer fit with the world we are heading into? Which structures and processes have revealed themselves to be inadequate, unsuited or inappropriate for the world emerging from the crisis?
  • Which policies or government approaches have proven themselves COVID-proof, and are therefore still relevant (or even more so) after the crisis?
  • What should we as policymakers do differently? What should we change, what should we experiment with? Which primary goals or key principles should we keep in mind when supporting the creation of more resilient societies?

10.00 am – 11.00 am - Panel discussion

  • Robert Kroplewski, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Digital Affairs for Information Society of Poland
  • Anett Numa, Digital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia
  • Krzysztof Szubert, President of the Management Board, NCBR Investment Fund ASI I Former Secretary of State, Poland
  • Žiga Turk, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry

Led by: Alena Kudzko, Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

11.00 am – 11.30 am - Breakout groups: “Post-COVID Policymaking: Education, Healthcare & Future of Work”

11.30 am – 11.45 am - Presentation of outcomes and policy recommendations

This event is organized by GLOBSEC and  EWC EDELWEISS CONSULTING It forms part of Government After Shock,

The Government After Shock event is a collaborative initiative led by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. It explores and highlights new approaches to government that embrace uncertainty, experimentation and future possibilities. It is also supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870913. The event is supported by: