The States and EDD are doing some work on a Jersey ICT Strategy, as part of the Enterprise and Business Development (E&BD) Strategy.
I attended meetings between EDD and a small group of local ICT company’s in March, the remit being: "To identify the opportunities, barriers and enablers to support the growth of Jersey’s ICT sector and to understand if government intervention is required." I believe they are working on a draft document at the moment.
Outlined below are some useful links to research I have done in this area. They provide a good introduction to some of the work other offshore jurisdictions are doing about their ICT strategies.
Starting with Malta: the Island has focused on its ICT Strategy for over 10 years and is arguably a leader in this space. Here is the current version and the web version of their strategy. It is worth noting the work they are also doing on building SmartCity Malta . They’re working on their version of gigabit Jersey here . Also key is their substantial investment in training and careers.
The question is, which, if any of these initiatives should the States of Jersey consider developing? Do we need a minister like Dr. Austin Gatt who has been very focused in driving this forward for Malta?
I look forward to continuing to be a part of this on-going debate.