New advisory board Digital Minds for Belgium launched


In a move to further develop Belgium’s digital technology sector, federal minister Alexander De Croo has founded a new advisory board made up of the country’s top experts in the field

Economic development

Alexander De Croo, federal minister for the digital agenda, has assembled the country’s top experts in an advisory board called Digital Minds for Belgium. The group is tasked with developing a concrete action plan, the Digital Agenda, to strengthen the digital economy and thus create more projects and jobs in the sector.

The action plan should be ready by this spring, according to Datanews. The group includes internet entrepreneurs, CEOs of technology companies, academics, venture capitalists and opinion makers.

Members include Belgacom CEO Dominique Leroy; lecturer Peter Hinssen, who is connected to the London Business School; technology journalist Robin Wauters and digital entrepreneur Geert Houben of Limburg start-up Cubigo. It is hoped that the mix of different profiles will stimulate creative thinking during brainstorming sessions.

Issues on the agenda are, among others, the provision of wireless internet, the development of the e-commerce sector, fiscal legislation for start-up companies  and a judicial statute for peer-to-peer initiatives, like taxi service Uber.

photo: Alexander De Croo (seventh from right) and the advisory board Digital Minds for Belgium