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Belgium is actively working to develop its digital economy and society. In the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), it ranks 13th in the Human Capital category. The country performs comparably to the EU average in basic and advanced digital skills, and it has a higher proportion of ICT specialists and female ICT specialists. 

Businesses in Flanders are increasingly embracing digitisation, with over 90% having an online presence and a quarter selling products or services online, and also in Wallonia many important steps have been taken towards digitisation. Belgium has established the Belgian National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to address the digital skills gap and promote upskilling and reskilling initiatives. DigiSkills Belgium, powered by the coalition, aims to reduce the digital skills gap nationwide. 

At the state level, Belgium has implemented strategies like the federal digital strategy, #SmartNation, and regional plans such as the Flemish Reform Programme 2023 and Digital Wallonia. These initiatives focus on innovation, digitalization, and economic transition. Moreover, the national and intersectoral “Women in Digital” strategy is aimed against the unequal presence between men and women in the digital field. 

Belgium is investing in digital transformation in education, justice systems, and federal public services. It has introduced the Learning Account reform, providing employees with five training days per year, and offers tax incentives for companies that provide training. 

Score in DESI Report Human Capital
EU average score: 48.45
Belgium score: 48.7
48.45 EU average score
48.7 Country score
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Belgium ranks 13th out of the 27 EU countries on human capital in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), with a score of 48.7.

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