Political Responsibility for Digital Industry

Tuesday 18 September 20:09

The Chief Minister has announced that political responsibility for digital matters will return to the portfolio of the Economic Development Minister.

Senator John Le Fondré said: “I recognise the critical importance of this sector, and I want to send a clear message that government is providing increased focus on the tech industry.

“Automation and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence present both a threat and an opportunity for Island businesses and we must work together to provide the education islanders need to thrive in this fast-moving environment. We must also retrain and redeploy people working in lower-skilled roles, so we can prepare them for the new positions that will emerge as a result of the fourth industrial revolution.”

The Minister for Economic Development, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: “I am very pleased that political responsibility for this important sector has returned to the economy portfolio. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to make continuing progress in this vital area of our economy. My first step will be to develop a strong partnership between government and the digital industry.

“We are already seeking Future Tech Talent placements for our Trident work experience scheme, and we are introducing a Back to Work digital staff scheme which provides paid training opportunities for digital businesses. I would like to expand these initiatives in partnership with industry, for the benefit of islanders.”

Senator Le Fondré added: “I’ve been considering where certain areas of political responsibility will be redistributed, and I am confident that combining the digital industry with the economy is the right solution. I am currently considering other areas and will shortly be making further announcements.”

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