BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s thriving economy has lulled the country into a false sense of security that is hindering government efforts to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s digital czar said on Tuesday.
Merkel’s cabinet is holding a retreat on Wednesday and Thursday, after which it wants to present an artificial intelligence (AI) strategy to help Europe’s biggest economy adjust to the digital era.
Germany - Forefront - Innovation - Decades - Policymakers
Germany has been at the forefront of industrial innovation for decades, but policymakers have been late to realize that its export model, based on traditional manufacturing, is vulnerable, and it is struggling to catch up.
Solid growth – the economy is in its ninth year of expansion – has left many businesses too busy meeting orders today to have time to plan for a digital future.
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“Unlike other countries, a majority here do not feel that there needs to be great change,” Dorothee Baer, Merkel’s Minister of State for Digital Affairs, told a business conference hosted by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Invoking a need to act induced by the global financial crisis a decade ago, she added: “I’m not saying ‘unfortunately we don’t have a crisis’, but rather ‘unfortunately the need to change things is not there’.”Merkel has made fixing Germany’s digital deficiencies a priority for her fourth and almost certainly final term, saying the country’s future prosperity depends on it.
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Sketching out the government’s AI strategy, Merkel’s chief of staff said last week the plan would focus on how to gather more data, support research, retain skilled workers and encourage them to found start-ups.
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