We should all strive to make Slovakia better

Katarína Miñová, who recently joined the AmCham team and leads the Kosice office, shares her vision for the Eastern Slovak region.

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For two years, priorities that we thought were clear and self-evident had to give way to our top priority: protecting the health of our citizens. This crisis has been replaced by war across our eastern borders. We are slowly learning that even in the face of these crises, we must be determined to continue striving for Slovakia’s development.

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In his book Humanity: A Hopeful History, Rutger Bregman states: He, like me, believes that decency and humanity unite people around the world. And we’ve seen it in its most raw form over the past few months.

For me, this effort has led me to explore how I, too, as a mere individual, can contribute to my humanity in order to further prove that Bregman’s words really are true. , I tried to use all the knowledge and experience I gained in my Ph.D. Research and practice in the field of data protection to educate and motivate young people at universities. In some cases, my efforts have paid off and awareness-raising has been successful. But I still felt the need to be part of the big picture: not just imparting theoretical knowledge, but acquiring new knowledge and getting in touch with practice. To learn something from people who can change the reality of difficult everyday life into a better tomorrow.

One of the central themes of my research is the development of the information society, which is now clearly a hyper-network society. Alvin Toffler talked about his three waves of social development. The last information wave took decades to bring about change and upheaval in society, the industrial wave, the second wave, took only 300 years, while the agricultural wave took 10,000 years. , time and space are increasingly enhanced. Herman Maynard and Susan Mehrtens build this theory on the fourth wave theory. This is an era of integration and responsibility that goes far beyond Toffler’s groundbreaking description of the third wave of post-industrial societies. Adaptation and change where business principles, environmental considerations, personal integrity and spiritual values ​​are integrated.

We are now at the threshold of the digital revolution. Many authors see the digital revolution as the fifth wave, which will fundamentally change the way we live, work and interact. In its scale, scope and complexity, this transformation is revolutionary and introduces new business models to the industry. Today’s experts foresee the existence of fully automated production, interconnected systems at both horizontal and vertical levels, coexisting with smart technologies, the Internet and 5G networks.

A hyper-networked, digitized society has no boundaries defined by time and space. Therefore, his 500 km distance between Bratislava and Kosice cannot be the decisive factor for development and innovation. In the industrial sector, this new social wave is embodied in the concept of Industry 4.0. Thanks to intelligent and innovative production, it has the potential to increase efficiency and ensure competitiveness in the future, as it provides solutions to pave the way for the innovation economy. Speed ​​and flexibility in implementing new technologies are decisive factors for success.

But it is precisely the digital revolution that threatens countries whose economies depend on manufacturing. The Slovak Republic is one of these countries because it has the highest number of vulnerable types of employment among OECD countries. Nevertheless, according to Eurostat, Slovakia supports companies less than other her EU countries, including neighboring countries. Almost three-quarters of Slovak companies have not built their own capacities to professionally grasp the subject of Industry 4.0. Although almost all manufacturers declare that they consider it important. According to Employers Association and Slovak digital platform experts, this is a widespread issue as it further deepens the disadvantage of Slovak companies in the European competitive landscape.

Therefore, my ambition for Eastern Slovakia is to ensure that AmCham members in the Eastern region feel that their opinion matters in Bratislava and at the national level. My ambition is to create a unified policy agenda that will lead her AmCham members in Eastern Slovakia to have a common voice on relevant topics. Another stream of my contribution to AmCham’s regional capital agenda is to set up discussion tables with relevant decision makers from Bratislava to Kosice.

In short, we need to get together and talk and let the world know that Eastern Slovakia matters!

Katarína Miňová is Policy Manager at AmCham’s Kosice office in Slovakia.

first published connectiona magazine published by AmCham Slovakia. We should all strive to make Slovakia better

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