On the 10th October Digital Jersey presented their Strategy and Business Plan to industry and members of government for the development of the island’s digital sector.
The strategy includes long-term growth targets and short-term goals for the island’s development. The plan also identifies the critical dependencies that must be in place to achieve these goals, together with an assessment of how Jersey will compete against other jurisdictions.
Digital Jersey’s role is to act as an accelerator for the development of the digital economy in the island and to assist progress towards a digitally enabled society. The plan includes targets for economic and job growth, social benefits and reputation for Jersey.
The presentation outlined Digital Jersey’s programme of work for the next year and beyond, including a focus on developing education initiatives, e-Health, e-Gov, e-Gaming, Tech Growth Funding and also support for other key industries, such as Tourism, Finance and Retail.
The strategic targets set by Digital Jersey are specific and measureable, and will assist in the economic diversification of the Island. They are:
To deliver these objectives, Digital Jersey will work closely with the States of Jersey and other stakeholders to ensure that the following critical dependencies are in place:
Within the plan, near term objectives include the development of a Digital Learning Hub to increase availability of locally trained talent, important schools programmes to grow interest among students, including a Jersey Space Programme and 3D Printing for schools, and the launch of Jersey Tech Growth Fund. Digital Jersey is also working with government to address the critical issue of off-island data costs. Complementing this is an ambitious schedule of events, on and off-island to support existing business in the island and to attract new business opportunities.
Ted Ridgway Watt, CEO of Digital Jersey, commented:
“We now have a clear set of measurable aims and objectives that will support Jersey’s development as a centre of digital excellence. However, it is also clear that significant support from government and industry is going to be essential for us to succeed. Our role at Digital Jersey is to act as an accelerator for these objectives in order to support the digital economy and digitally enabled and connected society.”