Malta has been in need of a cohesive ICT strategy for a long time, and that strategy is now in place thanks to the launch of Digital Malta – the new, national digital strategy for 2014-2020.
Following on from an extensive consultation phase with over 240 key stakeholders, Digital Malta is set to boost and transform the use of ICT across all businesses domains. Aside from encouraging the use of ICT in education, in the community and within government, this will also ensure that as many companies as possible make the next leap forward towards bigger successes.
“The Digital Malta strategy has been tailored to the needs of specific industries, and it will address several factors that have been holding ICT back in recent years,” says Tony Sultana, MITA Executive Chairman. “Now everybody needs to work together to make the future of ICT in Malta a success.”
Many issues will be tackled head-on, including the limited access to financing, insufficient capacity to innovate, the restraining size domestic market, as well as the clear misalignment between the ICT education curriculum and actual ICT industry needs. Digital Malta presents a number of initiatives to support the application of ICT across the sectors and will strive to encourage at least 33 per cent of SMEs to be selling online by 2015.
Over and above that, Digital Malta will now mark the launch of ‘ICT Malta’, which will strive to attract ICT investment onto the island and assist local ICT businesses to work within the global market. In line with this, specific plans will focus on fostering collaboration between the main local players in areas of strength that could enhance Malta’s profile as a centre of ICT excellence.
There are also plans in place for the establishment of a ‘forum for the transformation of industries through ICT’; this will work to develop programmes that raise awareness about how ICT can help business sectors to transform themselves and become more profitable, among other aspects.
Following on from the launch of Digital Malta, several initiatives are already planned for introduction during 2014. These include the development of an eCommerce Strategy to set out Government policies, the launch of annual eBiz awards to promote ICT talent, launch the MITA Innovation Centre at SmartCity Malta, and increased free Wi-Fi accessibility around Malta and Gozo, among many others.
For more information on Digital Malta, including details on its goals, guiding principles and initiatives, please visit digitalmalta.gov.mt.