STATEMENT BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, DIGITAL AND INNOVATION ECONOMY

Launch of the National Strategy 2019-2021 Skills to put to Malta as the first member country of the European Union with a national strategy for skills digitali- “We are at the forefront of emerging sectors, as Determined Government Increasing -PARTICIPATION women in the digital sector “- Schembri Parliamentary Secretary

Parliamentary The Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri launched the National Skills Strategy 2019-2021 which placed Malta as the first country of the European Union member state to a national strategy for digital skills.

Silvio Schembri explained that the strategy see that paves the way to enhance the digital skills on a nationwide level and eventually prepare for the challenges posed by digital landscape an ever changing. “The last few years have seen unprecedented development in the field of digital technologies and communication, together with the digital economy changed dramatically every aspect of life as we know it. To further strengthen our country in this field, we sustain the generation of tomorrow with the right training and “skills, said Parliamentary Secretary.

He added that despite the fact that a country is to adapt to emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and blockchain , we return to the point in including and encourage women’s participation in the -settur. “As a government we see that seriously address the lack of women’s participation in the field of digital work. It is estimated that if women enter the labor market of digital, it can create a Euros 16- billion Gross Domestic Product per year for the European economy. Therefore it is important to identify what is holding back the woman to pursue a career in this sector “, said Parliamentary Secretary Schembri.

Carm Cachia, the Chief Administrator Skills Foundation, said the national agenda Skills view to develop and enhance digital talent and ensure that individuals and the labor market are equipped with the appropriate digital skills . Since 2017, member states of the European Union were invited to develop a comprehensive national strategy for digital skills, and in this regard Malta is one of the few countries to address this challenge.

The National Skills Strategy 2019-2021 gives a strong strategic direction and trajectory, and gives a set of recommendations for initiatives that Malta can take. important recommendations include the adoption of a continuous approach, training small far as to adapt to emerging technologies for economic growth, local talent development, focusing on young people to not only more participants consumer technology, and the need to assess the digital skills in education, among others.

Source: Government of Malta