Europe calls for innovation to regain business leadership

Consolidation of the relationship between Spain and Italy depends on the possibility that a new period for Europe to develop real ". This was the message launched by the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni in the Forum Spain-Italy Dialogue, held in Rome, attended by several ministers and many senior businessmen from both countries. After the French and German elections, "now a window of opportunity in Europe, which will last until next summer, to relaunch the European Union, in which Spain and Italy should be the engines, along with France and Germany opens" said former Prime Minister Enrico Letta, now dean of the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po famous) in Paris, great entertainer and promoter of that Forum since 2000. The paper devoted to "innovation on the basis of competitive European relaunch" had special interest, given the industrial revolution in which we live. Fernando Abril-Martorell, president of Indra, highlighted the need for urgency that Europe in the digital transformation. "In any previous time there were always European companies among the top ten grades of the world; now there is no European companies; where there are American and Chinese, and the greater technology, "said Abril-Martorell, who highlighted two phenomena that occur in this digital transformation: on the one hand, there is the absorption value from large multinationals," in the absence of barriers and ease some companies from entering areas where they were not before. Per 10,000 million market capitalization climbing the champions -Amazon, Facebook ... - is going down the market capitalization 50,000 or 40,000 million in the rest of the world. " The second phenomenon highlighted Abril-Martorell is that of "jibarización": "You can replicate business models with much lower costs with which we are replacing income millionaires by smaller revenues," said the president of Indra, who put a very revealing example that affects us all: "the replacement of short messages of SMS, which was a global market for 100,000 dollars in just three years has disappeared. It replaced by WhatsApp, which is a very profitable company but bill 2000 or 2,500 million dollars, "an application that reach more than 1,000 million people in more than 180 countries. In view of this digital revolution, Abril-Martorell called on the Commission "more sense of urgency, because the transformation is still very fast and this is a global competition." "Every year 12,000 companies only related technology are launched. Twelve months later, are only 400. And after three years, less than a hundred "key to surviving in this transformation is to have a good preparation of employees and quality management, as highlighted by Jordi Canals, who was general manager IESE 15 years: "at IESE invite Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, just before leaving on the stock exchange in 2010, and asked what had been the differentiating factor FB relative to many startups beginning in Silicon Valley and not go forward. He told us two things: first, the quality of the people; and second, the quality of management. " That is, technology alone, without human teams prepared, does not lead us anywhere, as indicated Canals with a very revealing fact of Silicon Valley: "Every year 12,000 technology-related companies are launched; Twelve months later, these 12,000 companies only exist 400; of these 400, three years later there are fewer than 100. What's wrong there? What fails us in Europe, which may have entrepreneurs with ideas but are unable to teams, or can not find the right people, nor have the proper managment so that this project can become a reality, "he concludes Canals technological innovation is creating fear of the negative consequences that may result. Paola Severino, the former Minister of Justice and Rector of the prestigious Rome LUISS University, made a reference to the past, when "it was thought that the assembly would leave many people unemployed, then it was not." It is expected to occur the same with the digital revolution, according to Severino: "Large studies on the impact of technological invocations, especially digital, tells us that, from now until the next fifteen years, will lose 14.5 % of traditional jobs, but studies also tell us that for every worker who conquers a place in the world of digital, another 2.1 jobs are created derived from this. " Investing in Special guest cybersecurity in the private dinner of the participants Forum Spain and Italy dialogue was the former Prime Minister, Felipe González, who asked the European Union increased investment in security, "because in this Europe is the world's tail. " Gonzalez referred to the four crises, which, in his view, is going Europe in recent years: Austerity, which he called "austericidio"; the refugee crisis, for which "there is no policy in the EU"; the Brexit and Trump, "or if you prefer 'Trumputin' 'Gonzalez said. He concluded by stressing that "Europe needs to define more and more a European political autonomy consistent, not to get carried away. For example, they ask us to increase defense spending. And I recommend to European governments increase spending on cybersecurity, because Europe is at the bottom of the world, after the United States, China, Russia, which even interested in the situation in Catalonia, then Israel and Iran. And only now beginning to deal with Germany. " "Technology without a good team does not lead anywhere" on computer security and digital revolution in general, the lawyer Paola Severino, former Minister of Justice and rector of the Roman LUISS University, said that we should seek to Europe much more funding and regulations in this field: "keep in mind that China has made the biggest funding of its history in innovation, betting on it on the fact that, in the context of globalization, Chinese enterprises will play a important through e-commerce, for example, and artificial intelligence role. Behind it is a strategy. On the other hand, there is a need for regulation, because everything that gives economic resources may be grounds hunting for organized economic crime. We know that the digital world is now overrun with this phenomenon: There are recycling through the virtual currency Bitcoin, new forms of Informátic truffle, aggression companies threatening to cancel all the data to pay blackmail. I think that a European regulation is essential to prevent countries with fewer rules give hospitality to platforms or websites through which they can from computer attacks. "

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