The States of Guernsey has launched a document detailing how it will support the development of the digital economy over the next decade.
The Digital Sector Strategic Framework sets out 10 strategic actions for the States. These include:
• Targeting high-value, low footprint, digital industries
• Direct government support to stimulate the digital economy (micro-economics)
• Establishing a flexible and world class digital infrastructure
• Delivering responsive legislation and regulation
• Creating a robust and successful data protection framework
It is expected that actions from the framework – which will form part of the Committee for Economic Development's work on the Policy & Resource Plan, to be debated in June – will help generate increased economic revenue in terms of tax take from sector growth and new job creation.
Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, the Committee for Economic Development member who leads on digital, said Guernsey was well-placed to seize opportunities that the growing digital sector offers.
“The information services sector was Guernsey's third largest in terms of employment in 2015, with more than 1,000 people working in it. We hope this figure will grow within the next decade.
“The upskilling of our current workforce and students is essential to support this growth. If this can be achieved, the increase in value to the economy and government revenues would be significant.
“As such, this framework, and the action plans that will be generated as a result of it, is a critical priority for the Committee for Economic Development.”
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