The investment team of eKapija has performed the analysis and formed the list of investments and investment ideas which caused the greatest interest among our users in 2017. The results are very interesting, some of them expected, though there are lots of surprises as well, which is why we`ve decided to share the information with you.
We present the most interesting projects in the TELECOMMUNCIATIONS & IT
When it comes to the field of telecommunications and IT industry, the year 2017 brought a lot of good news in Serbia, thanks to local IT companies, which are becoming more and more serious players globally, as well as big foreign companies which still see Serbia as a good location to expand their business, but also, and this needs to be emphasized, the state.
We will start with the latter.
In 2017, the Office for IT and eGovernment of the Government of Serbia was formed with the task of providing a state network, cloud infrastructure, common e-services and support to other state institutions in implementing IT and eGovernment services. This is the first time that the institution in charge of e-government is raised to the level of a government office. The first big piece of news arrived in late 2017, to be discussed in detail below.
Furthermore, regulations were adopted which should enable an accelerated development of this sector and facilitate communication of the business sector and citizens with state organs. The Law on Electronic Document, Electronic Identification and Trust Services in Electronic Transactions
was adopted, and the implementation of the new Law on Administrative Procedure, which obliges state institution to share information, began.
Also, the National Portal of Open Data was initiated, payment for services of e-government by payment cards and other electronic means of payment was enabled...
Another important effort by the state was directed at resolving the issue of the deficit of workforce in this field. Programs of retraining for work in IT industry
are in progress, computer science was included in elementary school programs, several high schools got computing classes, whereas certain faculties established new departments.
Of the remaining important events, the Digital Serbia
initiative, launched in order to improve the Serbian society and economy in the era of digital transformation, should be mentioned.
The topics of bitcoins, crypto-currencies and blockchain technologies are inevitable when it comes to the most important trends in 2017. This is also shown by the fact that Belgrade is the 4th city in the world in the number of blockchain developers.
However, some issues are still waiting for a satisfactory solution. There is still a deficit of IT workforce in Serbia, and the topic of alternative sources of finance, especially significant for startups, never seems to be on the agenda. Furthermore, we are still waiting for the laws on non-banking financial institutions
and alternative investment funds.
On the list of investments that caused the greatest interest among eKapija’s users in the sector of telecommunications and IT in 2017, the first place
belongs to the agricultural platform Agremo.