Our lives are increasingly being determined by digitisation. With its stable political system and its proven high innovative capability, Switzerland has a good starting point to continue to apply the successful model of a liveable, open and modern Switzerland in the digital future. Digital transformation therefore enables the sustainable development of the country.
In this context the "Digital Switzerland" Strategy provides the guidelines for government action and indicates where and how authorities, academia, the private sector, civil society and politics must work together in order to shape the transformation process for the benefit of everyone in Switzerland.
The Federal Council wants Switzerland to exploit the opportunities of digitalisation to the full. On 5 September it therefore adopted its "Digital Switzerland" strategy for the next 2 years. Within the framework of this strategy the Federal Council will, among other things, establish a working group on the subject of artificial intelligence and support initiatives in relation to Smart Cities. In addition, the federal administration is intensifying dialogue with participants which are interested or involved, especially the cantons.
The federal administration's implementation activities in relation to the strategy will be published in an action plan. This action plan will be updated annually and concretises the strategy's orientation. The new strategy also enables nationally significant projects instigated by bodies outside the federal administration (e.g. for research initiatives, technology and digitalisation projects) to be mapped out in the action plan.
The Action Plan is currently only available in French, German and Italian.
In order to develop the "Digital Switzerland" Strategy it is necessary to pool creative and innovative forces in Switzerland. Above all, it is necessary to network all stakeholders and guarantee cooperation between all federal levels of the administration and the private sector, civil society and academia.