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Mondi chief executive Peter Oswald has been appointed the first president of a new Austrian national forum to support the country’s digital capability.
Margarete Schramböck, the Austrian federal minister of digital and economic affairs, has announced the new independent non-profit initiative – fit4internet – to support the government’s ambitions to increase the digital capability of Austria’s citizens.

Fit4internet will serve as a hub and platform for improving digital competencies in close collaboration with companies, institutions and organizations.

Peter Oswald, chief executive, Mondi, said:  “Collaboration between economy, politics and society will help improve digital competencies – and thanks to this initiative Austria will become one of the leading countries in Europe in that respect.

“By bringing together people and digitalisation, we can help enhance Austria’s competitiveness as a place to do business. That applies to the economy as well as society. That is why I personally, together with Mondi, am supporting this initiative.”

He pointed out that the paper and packaging giant uses ‘digitalisation’ to provide support for machine operators and maintenance personnel, and artificial intelligence in self-learning converting and paper machines.