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Jüri Ratas: Innovation and new solutions must reach all sectors

27. November 2019 - 14:16

Stenbock House, 26 November 2019 – It was noted at today’s meeting, between Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Members of the Board of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, that all of economic sectors require digitalisation and people with a good understanding of the field of information technology.

According to the Prime Minister, Estonia’s public sector has been on the cutting edge of digitalisation. ‘Our next big challenge is to maintain and develop this lead, and to also strive for the broader coverage of entrepreneurship by digitalisation and automation. Without this, our ability to increase productivity is limited,’ said Ratas.

The parties to the meeting found that it is important to use the funds of the new budget period of the European Union as effectively as possible to facilitate the introduction of new technological solutions. In addition, opportunities were discussed for both the private and the public sector to be able to support and recognise companies that invest in research and development.

According to representatives from the ITL, the national programme of digitalising industry has proven popular among entrepreneurs. An impressive change can be seen in the working life of those companies that have used the digital diagnostics measure offered by Enterprise Estonia. Its purpose is to safely and consciously commence automation of the production process.

The parties to the meeting also emphasised that the ICT sector requires a highly qualified workforce, but workers with IT skills are also required in other fields. According to the 2016 OSKA study on labour and skill requirements concerning ICT, about 13,000 additional ICT specialists will be required over the decade. This is the highest requirement compared to other sectors. It was also emphasised that, in cooperation with the private sector, it would be necessary to focus even greater attention on further training and retraining programmes.

The topics of discussion at the meeting also included developments in 5G technology and opportunities to achieve a balance between security interests and the competitiveness of local companies, as well as the future of the e-state and the accompanying funding needs.

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