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  • Malta hailed for its national digital strategy

    The European Commission’s Director General responsible for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Robert Madelin, has hailed the efforts of the Maltese government in drawing up a national digital strategy; he said Malta was heading in the right direction.

    Mr Madelin was in Malta as part of the Going Local initiative. Since the launch of the Digital Agenda for European 2010-2020, visits to individual member states have been taking place, to enable meeting with stakeholders.

  • Malta performs badly in UN e-Government survey

    One of this administration’s most trumpeted boasts has been its purported success in the rollout of e-government services through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Hearing Minister Gatt speak one might actually be forgiven for thinking that during his tenure as Minister responsible for IT, he had personally himself invented the Internet! Self-acclaim however, is very rarely a true indicator of actual worth or achievement. So it is interesting to find and analyse benchmarks of how Malta ranks compared to other countries in its attainment of e-government policies, strategies and actions.

    A very key report has recently been published by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. This publication is entitled the “E-Government Survey 2012, e-Government for the People” and its main objective is to understand and present the degree to which each UN member country has managed to utilise e-government services as a means to help it achieve its economic, social and environmental goals.

  • Malta ranks 21st in WEF world rankings on technology readiness

    In its annual report on global competitiveness, the World Economic Forum ranks Malta as the 21st country in the world (of 125 surveyed) that is most technologically ready, up from 30th place the previous year.

    A statement from the IT and Investments Ministry said that this fact, along with other assets of the country, has raised Malta’s competitive advantage, increasing its attractiveness as a vibrant economy and a magnet for foreign direct investment. The recognition by the respected World Economic Forum will continue to enhance Malta’s overseas image, supported by this positive and independent testimonial.

  • Malta ranks second in e-Government in EU 27+

    Malta has retained its leading EU ranking in the quality of its e-Government, registering substantial qualitative progress in its services and confirming the country’s services as excellent European models in this field.

    This was confirmed in the European Commission’s annual report on e-Government services provided by the member States.

  • Malta's eGovernment places second amongst EU public online services

    Malta's public online services, known as eGovernment, have improved significantly and are now at the top levels amongst EU member states, a report published by the European Commission has revealed.

    The report, which was carried out by IT company Capgemini, analysed thousands of websites in areas such as tax, social services and construction permits in the EU member states as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.

  • ‘SmartCity Is Not So Smart’, Malta’s Blind Community Want To Make The Area More Inclusive And Environmentally Friendly

    The Visual Non-Visual Network (V.O.) has come up with a project to make Smart City more inclusive for blind people in Malta, while also turning the area into a greener space.

    “This project originated because our blind members were always curious to visit and understand what is Smart about Smart City. Eventually, we came to the understanding that there is nothing really Smart about Smart City,” the V.O. told Lovin Malta.

  • 75% of Maltese have broadband internet access in 2011

    For many people today it seems difficult to live without the internet, however a decreasing, but still non-negligible, part of the EU population has never used it. In the EU27, almost three quarters of households had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2011, compared with almost half in the first quarter of 2006. The share of households with broadband internet connections more than doubled between 2006 and 2011, to reach 68% in 2011 compared with 30% in 2006. During the same period, the share of individuals aged 16-74 in the EU27 who had never used the internet decreased from 42% to 24%.

    These data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, represent only a small part of the results of a survey on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) usage in households and by individuals in the EU27 Member States, Iceland, Norway, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. As well as internet use and broadband connections, the survey also covers other indicators such as e-commerce, e-skills and e-government.

  • 77% of Maltese make regular use of internet

    National survey indicates increase in smartphone usage, but a decline in cloud technology popularity

    Around 77% of the Maltese population (258,415 people) make regular use of the internet, a survey has found.

    The survey, conducted by the National Statistics Office, shows that practically every youth aged between 16 and 24 accessed the internet within the three months prior to the surveying period.

  • 80 web payphones to be installed all over Malta

    Justice and Local Council Minister Austin Gatt said that in the next two weeks, the first 10 web payphones will be installed in phone boxes all over Malta. In all 80 web payphones are expected to be installed, he continued, while addressing the launching of the first Internet Centre in Birkirkara.
  • 85% of Maltese enterprises access e-government services

    In the EU27, enterprises use the internet for a variety of purposes, among others, to present information on a website, offer online shopping facilities to customers and interact with public authorities. In the EU27, 95% of enterprises had access to the internet in January 2011. The share of enterprises having a fixed broadband connection to access the internet grew slightly from 84% in 2010 to 87% in 2011. On the other hand, the use of mobile broadband connections by enterprises in the EU27 increased significantly in the same period, from 27% to 47%.

    In 2010, the majority of enterprises in the EU27 used the internet to interact with public authorities (e-government), with 74% of enterprises obtaining information from public authorities’ websites and 69% submitting completed forms electronically.

  • A major evolutionary step for e-government in Malta

    E-Government services have gone through a fundamental shift in recent months, thanks to a new platform based on so-called ‘eForms’ that streamlined e-services and did away with the need of a website for each service. In the coming months a further 300 new e-government services are expected to be launched.

    Juan Borg Manduca, the chief officer for information systems and transformation at the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) explained to i-Tech the evolution of e-government services which consistently increase in popularity in terms of the value of the transactions handled.

  • Almost 90% of eGovernment users in Malta are satisfied with the level of service received

    Two extensive online surveys recently conducted by the Malta Information Technology Agency have revealed that almost 9 out of 10 people are satisfied with the level of service they receive when using local eGovernment services.

    The “eGovernment General Survey” and the “eGovernment User Satisfactions” were carried out online during 2010. Survey results show that more than half of the respondents (54%) use the internet to communicate with the Government, whilst 55% make use of eGovernment services.

    The survey also found that 76% believe that through eGovernment it has became easier for them to carry out mandatory tasks online, such as paying taxes or renewing driving licenses. 63% also said that the online service has provided them with a better quality of service from the over-the-counter alternative.

  • Ambitious targets set in Malta’s 2008-2010 ICT strategy

    Information Technology Minister Austin Gatt this morning addressed a National Information Society Advisory Council meeting and presented the government’s set of targets for the country’s 2008-2010 ICT srategy.

    Dr Gatt said Malta had come a long way and had managed to attain all the target set in Malta’s first ICT strategy for 2006 and 2007. He said the My Potential scheme was “very successful” in attracting all those who wanted to start a career in the ICT sector.

  • Attracting blockchain and technology specialists to Malta

    “We aim to be the global trailblazers in the regulation of blockchain-based businesses and the jurisdiction of quality and choice for world class fintech companies,” tweeted the Prime Minister as he welcomed Binance, one of the largest crypto-exchanges in the world to Malta.

    Binance’s announced move to Malta has permanently placed the country on the blockchain map for established companies as well as start-ups seeking a crypto-friendly jurisdiction. However, as Malta gears up to embrace the fintech industry, it will also need to address a number of challenges, particularly with respect to human resources in the light of its increasing popularity as a hub for such businesses.

  • Digital Agenda scoreboard - Malta strong in infrastructure, weak in digital skills

    Malta has placed 12th in the digital agenda scoreboard of the European Union out of 28 countries.

    The EU said that in Connectivity Malta is above the EU average. All Maltese households are covered by fixed broadband and all networks provide at least 30 Mbps. The take up of fixed broadband is well above EU average. By the end of 2014, the majority of consumers migrated to fast broadband services.

    Nevertheless, Malta needs to improve its performance in mobile, the EU survey found. Despite the fact, that 4th generation (LTE) services were launched here, the take-up of mobile broadband is below EU average. This may be the outcome of the limited harmonisation of spectrum bands, the EU said.

  • Digital transformation in Malta: Cloud services and cyber security

    Google Cloud, in collaboration with digital native company Amagis Capital, held an event on the 17th of September 2021 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. This event, titled 'Cyber security & Cloud Services', was dedicated to CXO and technical functions dealing with Cloud and security topics.

    Opening the event was Chiara Caroti, Google Cloud's Head of Corporate and Digital Native for Italy and Malta, and Nicolò Moschi, Malta Territory Lead at Google Cloud.

  • E-Government in the EU: Malta in 16th position

    Sweden has the most advanced electronic government services in the European Union, closely followed by Austria and Malta ranking mid-way in an EU compiled scoreboard, in 16th position.

    The European Commission yesterday published the results of a survey which examined 14,000 websites in 28 countries, the 25 EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. The method used defined an index of sophistication of services ranging from simple online information to fully interactive services including online payments and, where appropriate, online service delivery.

  • Educational project, E-Biz launched at SmartCity Malta

    On Monday, 6th October, the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Hon. Chris Cardona, together with Ray Abela, E-BIZ Mentor, and Anthony P. Tabone, CEO of SmartCity Malta, launchedthe educational project, E-Biz at SmartCity Malta. E-Biz is one of the next community training projects aimed for SMEs, self-employed, family-run businesses and students with the prospect of business management.

    E-Biz courses will focus on six pillars of the Maltese e-economy and the needs for businesses to evolve in today's modern digital age. Topics will include: e-commerce, e-marketing, e-government services, applications for SMEs, excel spreadsheets and outlook as business tools, as well as effective English for business, and soft skills. The course is free of charge and will be held at various E-Biz regional training centres around Malta and Gozo, including SmartCity Malta.

  • eSkills Malta Foundation

    The Government has launched the eSkills Malta Foundation, which has brought together various government bodies and the Chamber of Commerce to create the skills base and life-long quality growth required for a digitally enabled knowledge economy.

    Edward Zammit Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, explained how eSkills were important for Malta to have a thriving digital economy.

  • EU: Starting small and flourishing: the digitalisation of SMEs

    The question remains: how can we make Europe fit for the Digital Decade?

    Did you know that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form 99% of all businesses in the European Union? Undeniably, Europe’s economy and societies depend heavily on SMEs. It is no different for Malta. Such enterprises not only integrate technological solutions but, time and over again, have proven to be fertile ground for the development of new and innovative technology. This is why SMEs must be at the heart of Europe’s industrial and digital strategies.

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