Last week I was in Bucharest and attended the launch of the World Development Report (WDR) 2016: Digital Dividends
. The event was co-hosted by the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) and the World Bank.
It was the first country-focused launch in an EU member state and brought together academics, business executives, regulators, journalists, former and current policy-makers to discuss the digital agenda and its implications for Romania’s EU2020 targets, growth and development.
But this launch is not the only reason why Romania stands out.
The country actually represents a paradoxical case study in terms of digital transformation.
Romania boasts nine of the world’s top fifteen cities with the fastest broadband internet, yet over 40% of the population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion – the highest rate in the EU.