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Prime Minister Šarec at WEF on Western Balkans and artificial intelligence

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec was a attending the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos at the invitation of its founder and Executive Chairman, prof. Klaus Schwab, on 21 and 22 January 2020.

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec at the WEF in Davos

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec at the WEF in Davos | Author Tamino Petelinšek,STA

On the first day, the Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec took part in a panel discussion on continuing a strategic dialogue on the Western Balkans. The discussion focused on the question of how to accelerate the development of this area through enhanced regional cooperation. Prime Minister Šarec underlined that the EU's enlargement to the Western Balkans was of key importance to the stabilisation and transformation of that area. The discussion will not be complete without implementing the EU's enlargement policy. The region is an important EU partner in terms of facing challenges such as the fight against organised crime and corruption, as well as cooperation with the EU in the management of migrations.

On the second day Prime Minister took part in a panel debate entitled Unlocking Public Sector Artificial Intelligence. In the introductory part of the discussion, Šarec drew attention to the benefits of artificial intelligence, which in contrast to other technologies largely tries to do things that even recently were solely the preserve of human capacities and intelligence: “AI has the potential to serve humanity, and to bring great benefits to individuals and society. For it to do this, all stakeholders will have to be involved in its development and management.”

Slovenian Prime Minister also had several bilateral meetings during his staying in Davos, including meetings with Croatian and Serbian Prime Ministers, EIB Vicepresident Stubb, President of the European Research Council Professor Mauro Ferrari etc.