The Fourth Industrial Revolution marks the global transformation of economic and social relations under the influence of new technologies that integrate the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It opens opportunities for significantly improving the quality of life, accelerating economic development, and addressing the world’s most significant challenges. However, its exponential pace also poses significant challenges to existing institutions, which are expected to safeguard society from risks and imbalances.
In this context, the World Economic Forum established the first Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco (USA) in 2017 with the aim of supporting the smart application of new technologies worldwide. In February 2022, Serbia joined the global network, which currently comprises 18 Centres around the world, making it the first Centre in the region and only the third in Europe.
The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Serbia (C4IR Serbia) was jointly established by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the World Economic Forum in February 2022 as a platform for the interaction and cooperation of various social actors to improve the environment for the application of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. The Centre began operating in March under the auspices of the Office for IT and eGovernment of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, with a specific focus on two priorities: biotechnology and the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The primary goal is to facilitate the rapid utilization of scientific knowledge in the economy and position Serbia as a global exporter of intelligent services and innovations.
C4IR Serbia will bring together scientists, researchers, representatives of the state, industry, and civil society to create conditions for the development, testing, and enhancement of new technologies for the benefit of society. In addition to fostering dialogue between these stakeholders, the Centre will propose regulations that facilitate the application of new technologies while protecting the rights and interests of citizens. It will also work on developing the necessary infrastructure and provide support to the biotechnological and bioinformatics ecosystem in Serbia.
We are part of the World Economic Forum’s global C4IR Network
The Global C4IR Network serves as a platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration, bringing together the public and private sectors to maximize the societal benefits of 4IR technologies while minimizing associated risks. These Centres are co-hosted and co-funded by national public or private entities, with the first established Centre in San Francisco being a Forum entity that functions as a catalyst and coordinator for the entire Network. The Forum provides operational support and leverages its contacts, initiatives, influence, digital infrastructure, and trusted status as an international organization to advance the Network’s mission and programs.
C4IR in Azerbaijan aims to support 4IR initiatives effectively and enable the country to become a leader in the application of new technologies. It was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and is operated by the Centre for Analysis and Coordination 4IR.
C4IR in Brazil is a public-private partnership between the Federal Government of Brazil, São Paulo, and private partners. Its primary goal is to encourage the application of new technologies and enhance the competitiveness of Brazilian companies.
C4IR in India supports India’s massive digital transformation and enables the country to harness the full potential of emerging 4IR technologies for global prosperity in the coming decades. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018, during the annual meeting of the Forum.
C4IR in Israel aims to create and share knowledge, experiences, and best practices related to the regulation of innovative technologies. It seeks to establish cooperation between governments, leading corporations, the private sector, and experts worldwide.
C4IR in Japan was established through the cooperation of the Forum, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Asia-Pacific Initiative. Its mission is to lead a new phase of human development, seamlessly integrating technology into everyday life and ensuring its benefits are shared by all.
Established in 2023, C4IR in Malaysia has integrated the country into the global ecosystem of technology innovators and leaders. This Centre drives an advanced digital economy focused on sustainability, energy transition, and digital transformation.
C4IR in Rwanda brings together the public, private, and civil sectors to test and refine public policy frameworks and governance protocols that maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of 4IR technology. Its focus is on artificial intelligence and data policy.
C4IR in San Francisco serves as the hub for all 4IR Centres and projects, managed by the World Economic Forum. The Centre lunches new initiatives while supporting other Centres to establish and strengthen their influence at the global level.
C4IR in Saudi Arabia aims to become a platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration to maximize the technological benefits of society and minimize the risks of 4IR technology in the country. It is focused on smart cities, Blockchain technology, and other projects.
C4IR in Turkey is working on the operationalization of a new vision that would enable member companies to digitally transform into 4IR. The Centre plays a vital role in helping to shape the national Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy and public-private initiatives.
The US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, located in Michigan, will drive state, regional and national initiatives that accelerate and strengthen advanced manufacturing in the US, while helping to inform the global manufacturing agenda.
C4IR in Telangana is a health and life sciences centre established in collaboration with the state government. The Centre will facilitate, advance, and accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies, including genomics and personalized medicine.