The Digital Summit in Vaduz took place on 27th September. Experts from different backgrounds came together to discuss how the economy and society evolve into the digital future.

The Digital Summit takes place every year and is one of the flagship events of the platform This year’s edition was the fifth and attracted decision-makers and digital enthusiasts from the German-speaking region and beyond.

This year’s edition was themed “Shaping Transformation” and took place in Liechtenstein’s capital Vaduz.

Liechtenstein’s e-ID strategy

The event kicked off with a greeting by Liechtenstein’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, Sabine Monauni. Then speakers from Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, and Estonia reported on how the state and the economy can be supported on the path to the digital future.

Martin Matt, Head of Liechtenstein’s Office of Information Technology, explained Liechtenstein’s e-government strategy. At the core of this strategy is the e-ID platform that was recently introduced.

The e-ID is an electronic identity needed for numerous digital services, for example, a digital driver’s license or a COVID vaccination certificate. Matt announced that from 2023, representatives of companies would also be able to use e-government services.

Liechtenstein’s e-ID is one of the most progressive electronic signature platforms worldwide. Neighboring Germany and Switzerland have not yet launched a similarly comprehensive digital identification.

Germany’s Gigabit-Strategy

Gertrud Husch, Head of the Department for Digital Connectivity at the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, explained how high-performance infrastructure drives economic development. She detailed how the German government wants to promote investments in digital infrastructure.

Germany has launched its so-called “Gigabit”-Strategy. All households and businesses will be connected to the fiber optic network by 2030. Germany lags in terms of internet speed. For example, Liechtenstein already has fiber optics for fast internet connections throughout the country.

More cross-border cooperation

Marc Walder, CEO of the Ringier media company and founder of the initiative “digitalswitzerland” discussed the state of digitalization in Switzerland. He pleaded for more cooperation across borders and praised Liechtenstein for facilitating cooperation between the state, business, and society.

Lessons from Estonia

Taavi Kotka, Estonia’s first Chief Information Officer, was one of the country’s digital pioneers. He helped set up the popular e-residency program, which allows foreigners to apply for digital citizenship to do business. Kotka encouraged Liechtenstein and Switzerland to continue their efforts and warned that companies that don’t invest in their digital future would lose their competitive edge.

Innovations from Liechtenstein

Different Liechtenstein-based companies showcased their solutions to make digital transformation happen. Hilti showed how its Jaibot robot digitizes the construction site, the Weisse Arena Group networks the ski resort in Flums-Laax with an app, and the Dr. Risch Group supports the early detection of a covid disease with a sensory bracelet.

The event was a success and a vital example of a progressive digital ecosystem in Liechtenstein and the ability to bring together like-minded individuals and organizations. The initiative organizes the Digital Summit. The initiative supports Liechtenstein in its digital transformation and is supported by more than 55 companies and organizations and the government.

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