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Political responsibility for digital industry

18 September 2018

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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