Representatives of the initiative e-Skills for Jobs“ and members of CEA met with the President Grabar-Kitarović

18.03.2016.

President of the Republic of Croatia and sponsor of the project of the European Commission "e-Skills for Jobs', Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, received the representatives of the initiative, which has been carried out in Croatia for the fourth consecutive year.
Representatives of the initiative "e-Skills for Jobs“ which consists of members of CEA - ICT Association and the CEA - Association of Employers in Education informed the President of the Republic with the opportunities and challenges in Croatian and European ICT sector and highlighted a number of areas that need to be improved so that the Croatian ICT sector can reach its full potential and further contribute to the growth of the Croatian economy. They talked about the state of the Croatian ICT industry, the lack of skilled ICT professionals, low interest for enrollment in technical colleges among the young and under-quality curriculum program of informatics in schools. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of President of the Republic in the promotion of exports and internationalization of the IT industry in Croatia which already creates significant added value and contributes to employment and preventing brain drain.

President Grabar-Kitarović supported the initiative stressing the importance of acquiring skills for dealing with information and communication technologies, but also the importance of using digital technology in the public sector and all economy branches in order to raise the overall competitiveness of the country. Regarding this, President announced stronger activity at the opening of foreign markets for Croatian ICT sector through foreign policy activities and promotion of ICT careers of youth in the internal political level, in order to raise awareness in Croatia on the fact that the better future and prosperity of the country are located in a modern and high-quality education, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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