Presentation of the Agence du Numérique (AdN)
The Agence du Numérique (AdN) is a public limited company under Belgian law (Société Anonyme de droit public) responsible for developing the digital sector in Wallonia. In 2015, it replaced the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunications (AWT), which had been created in 1999.
Defining, implementing and monitoring Wallonia’s digital strategy
The Agence du Numérique is the public service body responsible for monitoring technological innovation and habits relating to digital technology, advising the Walloon Government and its departments on this area, and leading or coordinating operational or communication measures to support Wallonia’s digital transformation by drawing on the Digital Wallonia strategy approved in December 2015.
The AdN works closely with the Walloon Government, different public service bodies and public interest organisations (Organismes d’Intérêt Public, OIP) in Wallonia, competitive clusters, federations and representatives from economic sectors; as well as all the stakeholders in Wallonia’s digital ecosystem. It is also developing an extensive international network.
It employs some thirty people (introducing the AdN team).
An agency dedicated to Wallonia’s digital transformation
With the AdN, Wallonia has a public service body that is completely dedicated to Wallonia’s digital transformation.
The cross-disciplinary nature of digital technology demands an independent, flexible tool that can handle the different areas affected by digital solutions. The economy, education, health, regional development, citizenship… no part of our society is untouched by the digital transformation. It is therefore essential that we dedicate a specific, long-term operational tool to the digital world itself.
As well as this, the unprecedented speed and scope of the digital transformation means that, in order to seize all the opportunities that will help Wallonia, we need to adopt its rules: such as flexibility, disruption and co-creation, to name but a few.
By adopting these rules as our default framework, the AdN is also establishing itself as an innovative, inspirational public service model.