Following the excitement of the recent IoD debate, I wanted to share some early thoughts as Chairman of the very new Digital Jersey organisation and some observations from the debate itself.
The questions and discussions at the debate clearly indicated strong support for Jersey to grow its digitally enabled economy and a desire for real action to make it happen. Several comments identified the significant challenges facing the island in pursuing this course both internally, including skills, infrastructure, regulatory requirements and speed of change, and externally, for example how we will compete with more established jurisdictions. Overall, the opinion was not whether or not we should grow this critical sector, but how, and how quickly.
In the coming months, the priority for Digital Jersey will be the formation of a clear roadmap to coordinate and focus activities that will begin to promote and foster a digital economy in Jersey. Already key themes are emerging; skills development being one, with legal and technical issues and regulatory change also highlighted. Necessary investment in infrastructure, such as fibre and power supply, also need consideration.
While Digital Jersey is very much in ‘start up’ mode, the intent is to quickly become active and effective. As your industry body, it is absolutely essential that we identify priorities and get your thoughts and ideas about what the plan should address. This conversation is well underway, with active debate in on-line forums, and I would also value any additional feedback you may have. To this end, please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com or via Linkedin.
Ed Daubeney, who played a key role in getting Digital Jersey to the launch pad, is also still on the team to assist through the start-up and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be in touch shortly to update you on progress.