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In December 2016, the Serbian Government formed the Ministerial Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technologies, so that Serbia could catch up more quickly with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The then minister of public administration and local self-government and subsequently prime minister Ana Brnabić, was appointed the Council’s President. The sector of information and communication technologies is one of the largest sectors in Serbia, and one of the largest net exporters.


Key initiatives of the Government for increasing the number of IT experts:


  • Increasing the capacity of technical faculties through the enrolment of a larger number of students, employment of additional teaching staff and the construction of additional space.
  • Programming and computer science introduced in elementary schools from the fifth grade as a mandatory subject. The subject "Digital World" was introduced in the first grade.
  • Almost all 1,800 primary and secondary schools received secure high-speed internet.
  • All schools are equipped with computers and IT equipment.
  • The state completed major infrastructure projects: NTP Belgrade, NTP Čačak, NTP Niš, NTP Novi Sad and the BioSense Institute, the Multi-purpose laboratory facility of the Faculty of Electronics in Niš was opened, the Institute of Physics received the status of an institute of national importance, the new building of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences was opened, as well as the state data centre in Kragujevac.
  • Construction of the BIO4 campus begins.
  • Two rounds of IT retraining for the employed and unemployed have been completed so far, which were successfully completed by 2,200 participants.
  • Continuous improvement of programming in high schools by introducing dual IT profiles and increasing the number of computer departments in high schools.
  • The ever-increasing budget of the Innovation Activity Fund for innovation financing.
  • The Science Fund enables better and more competitive development of science and research in Serbia.
  • Introduction of digital textbooks and digital classrooms.


Other Government initiatives for supporting digital economy:       


  • The digitization of educational materials in schools.
  • Improving the business environment for digital business through the improvement of the tax and legal framework, including tax incentives for knowledge-based activities, enabling the payment of digital products in foreign currency, facilitating the start of business with payment services (regulatory sandbox), facilitating the import of components and prototypes for high-tech activities, improving business framework for investing through alternative investment funds (including Venture Capital funds), as well as for electronic commerce (including cooperation with the companies Google and Apple in connection with enabling smooth operations from Serbia).
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship through the exemption of taxes and contributions for business beginners.
  • Improvement of general business conditions through the abolition of the obligation to issue paper invoices and the obligation to use stamps, the e-inspector project and digitization of government services.
  • Support for the digital development of classic industries.
  • Construction of the national telecommunications network.
  • The Office for IT and eGovernment digitized a large number of state services.


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