Serbia’s leading position in the field of new technologies in the region

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Development in the field of biotechnology and bioengineering will be revolutionary in the coming years, World Economic Forum President Borge Brende told RTS on the day the Fourth Industrial Revolution Center was opened in Serbia. You can already see how much Serbia benefits from being a leader in technological changes, says Borge Brende and points out that every other new job in Serbia is in this field.

The “Future of Biotechnology” conference is being held in Belgrade, where about 600 doctors, scientists, technologists, and IT experts from 20 countries are participating. The conference is organized by the Government of Serbia and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program.

With this conference, the Center of the Fourth Industrial Revolution was officially opened.

“This is our 16th center, which will focus on biology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and is truly unique and shows Serbia’s leading position in the field of new technologies in the region”, says World Economic Forum President Borge Brende.

What do citizens, experts, and states gain from this conference?

Developments in the field of biotechnology and bioengineering will be revolutionary in the coming years. You can already see how much Serbia benefits from being a leader in technological changes. Every second new job in Serbia is in this area, and 10 percent of GDP comes from technology. It undoubtedly ranks Serbia highly.

Where is biotechnology applied – what is its future?

We have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the possibilities of biotechnology and bioengineering. New pandemic vaccines have shown what can be done with this type of technology. Other diseases we face today will look different in the future because these revolutionary techniques will support healthcare.

First we had the pandemic, then the war in Ukraine – how does all this affect economies around the world? For the life of families, the survival of companies. What are your predictions?

The world economy is likely headed for recession next year, which comes as we face the biggest pandemic in a hundred years. I hope that the world, like during the pandemic, will look to cooperate more, to compete much less and that we will again try to find a solution where everyone will win.

How do you assess the current economic situation in Serbia? What do you advise us?

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Brnabić and President Vučić, Serbia has taken very important steps towards real leadership in new technologies and artificial intelligence. It will be very important for Serbia in the coming years, because the field of technology will develop, even in crises, new companies will be born, and I think this is a chance for Serbia, which has knowledge, and which will face a crisis like the whole world. Because we are all in the same boat, RTS writes.