Representatives of the World Economic Forum had the opportunity to visit the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Serbia during July 12-13. During the two-day visit, they participated in numerous meetings and activities. C4IR Serbia was visited by Brynn Stanton, the head of bioeconomy at the Forum, as well as fellows from her team, Rebecca Donaldson and Christopher Yates. Apart from them, Rebecca King and Valeria D’Amico, who are responsible for the work of the Centre in Serbia, also made their first official visit to Serbia.
The Director of the Centre, Jelena Bojović, and the Acting Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment, Milan Latinović, had the opportunity to greet them and hold the first meeting during their two-day visit. The meeting discussed opportunities for cooperation and further development of initiatives and partnerships.
“The establishment of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Serbia with the World Economic Forum is a confirmation of the results of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in digitization projects, the development of the IT sector and eGovernment, innovations, and investment in education and knowledge in Serbia. As Serbia, as well as the Office, we are proud that the Centre started working under our auspices precisely because of the exchange of knowledge from new fields and, therefore, technological and scientific improvement,” said Milan Latinović, Acting Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment.
Director Jelena Bojović and the C4IR Serbia team presented the Centre’s projects, results, and future plans. She added that she thanks her colleagues from the Forum for the visit and support they have provided to the Center in Serbia for the past year and a half and expressed her full readiness for further cooperation with the Forum and their C4IR global network, which currently consists of 18 centers, including ours.
During the second day of the visit, colleagues from the World Economic Forum attended a meeting in the Government of the Republic of Serbia with the AI team of the Office for IT and eGovernment led by Stefan Badža about the Forum’s new initiative in the field of artificial intelligence – AI Governance Alliance. After that, they had the opportunity to meet with the Director of the IT and Entrepreneurship team in the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia, Nenad Paunović, who presented them with the new bioeconomy hub in our country – the BIO4 campus.
In addition, representatives of the Forum and the Centre held numerous workshops, including a workshop for the preparation of the international conference Biotech Future Forum, which the Centre and Government of the Republic of Serbia are organizing in cooperation with the Forum on October 19-20 this year.