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Launch of Digital Malta Governing Body

Publication Date: Oct 27, 2014
 
Earlier today, Hon. Dr. José Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, announced the setting up of the Governing Body for Digital Malta which is the national strategy for ICT covering the period 2014 - 2020.  This Governing Body will provide leadership, mentorship and support to stakeholders in understanding and implementing the Strategy.  It will also bring about a coordinated effort across all stakeholders, address any issues, mitigate risks, capitalise on opportunities and overcome the challenges ahead.  

The Digital Malta Strategy was launched on 24th March 2014 by the Hon Prime Minister.  The strategy is a policy document that will guide the country to attain the 2020 Vision that ‘Malta will prosper as a digitally-enabled nation in all sectors of society’.  The strategy puts forward 71 actions under six strategic themes, namely Digital Business, Digital Government and Digital Citizen as the vertical themes which are supported by Regulation and Legislation, Infrastructure and Human Capital.  The Digital Malta Strategy was articulated in collaboration between the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) and the Malta Communication Authority (MCA).

The Governing Body will review, approve and monitor the yearly programme of initiatives, which provides visibility of the planned projects aimed towards the attainment of the vision.  It will also measure the benefits gained from the actions implemented.  The results will be accessible to all and digital success stories will be promoted and celebrated.  

Mr. Godfrey Vella, Malta’s Digital Champion, has been appointed chairperson of the Digital Malta Governing Body.  The deputy chairperson is Mr. Emanuel Darmanin from MITA.  The other members are Mr. Anthony Vassallo, representing Malta Enterprise, Mr. Steve Agius, from MCA, Mr. Marcel Mizzi representing the GRTU, Dr. Angelo Dalli from the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Martin Spiteri representing MFIN, Dr. Veronique Dalli representing the Citizen and Mr. Adrian P. Sciberras, from the Parliamentary Secretariat for Competitiveness and Economic Growth.

Hon. Herrera said that, “The Governing Body will ensure a coherent strategic action across all entities executing its actions.  With this new body, we can ensure that there are no gaps between the strategy and the various stakeholders.   Therefore, as opposed to previous attempts, we can ensure that initiatives are actually being implemented and that targets are being met.”

“Malta remains committed to the ICT initiatives and is successfully working towards meeting all the objectives of the Digital Malta Strategy,” concluded Hon. Herrera.

Mr. Vella, the chairperson of the Digital Malta Governing Body maintains that, “The body has a responsibility towards the citizens.  We will guide the various stakeholders, whether these are government or private sector entities, societal organisations or individuals, so that their effort is harmonised towards the successful implementation of the strategy and the attainment of the intended benefits.  This is a national strategy and each one of us has a role to play.”

For further information on the Digital Malta Strategy, please visit the webpage: digitalmalta.gov.mt​ and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/digitalmalta
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