ICT and economy

Consumers are doing more and more of their shopping online, for example using their mobile phones. And smart robots are making manufacturing better, cheaper and quicker. The government wants the Netherlands to stay a global leader in information and communication technology (ICT). That's the idea behind its Digital Agenda.

A global leader in ICT

The Netherlands is a global leader in ICT. Its standing is clear from international rankings like the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. This makes the Netherlands an attractive location for international businesses and for talented people like researchers. And that generates growth and jobs.

To stay a global leader, the Netherlands needs to make it easy for companies to do business and innovate. Talented people must be able to maximise their potential, so that sufficient ICT knowledge and skills are available. Internet access must be fast and reliable. Consumers should be able to count on their data being safe when they go online.

The Dutch Digital Agenda

Digitalisation is important for the Netherlands' prosperity, both now and in the future. With its Digital Agenda, the government is encouraging the further digitalisation of the Dutch economy. This is happening in 5 areas:

  • Education, knowledge and innovation
  • Fast and open infrastructure
  • Security and confidence
  • Scope for enterprise
  • Digitalisation of industry, healthcare, energy and mobility.

The Digital Agenda for Europe

There is a growing need for information to be shared more effectively within the European Union (EU). The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to use ICT to better satisfy this need. This will make it easier for companies to do business in the EU.

The government wants to remove the barriers to international trade via the internet. This is because more international trade will boost Europe's economies.