Among Slovenia’s main long-term development challenges analysed in the Development Report 2020, we highlight the following areas:
- Accelerating productivity growth by increased investment in (i) R&D and innovation, (ii) digital transformation and industry 4.0, (iii) knowledge or ensuring appropriately qualified human resources, in particular the so-called skills and competences of the future, and (iv) infrastructure for digital connectivity and sustainable development;
- Adapting to demographic change by (I) reforming social protection systems in such a way as to ensure high-quality health and long-term care services and adequate income, (ii) ensuring a sufficient workforce, (iii) strengthening lifelong learning and adapting workplaces to allow older people to remain active longer and to better integrate into society, and (iv) promoting healthy lifestyles;
- Transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy by: (i) speeding up the introduction of solutions for more sustainable mobility, (ii) introducing low-carbon and circular business models, including more efficient dealing with waste disposal problems, and (iii) significantly increasing capacity for greater use of renewable energy sources, particularly by more efficient siting of new development projects.
- Strengthening the developmental role of the government and its institutions by: (i) improving the strategic governance of public institutions to be able to identify development challenges early and to address them in a coordinated and effective manner, (ii) improving the legislative and business environment, and (iii) restructuring general government revenue and expenditure in line with development challenges.