New Digital Strategy an important step in backing Ireland's digital future

February 01, 2022

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomes the Government’s new National Digital Strategy (NDS), stating that is an important step in ensuring Ireland is at the forefront of a more sustainable, digital decade.

Erik O Donovan, Ibec’s Head of Digital Economy Policy said: “A new strategic policy framework and related action plans are essential in co-ordinating, engaging and enabling everyone in further digital opportunities that can enhance lives and livelihoods across our economy.

“Ibec research indicates that four out of five Irish CEOs see being prepared for technological change as a top priority. Ireland is a recognised international digital hub, but this extends beyond the direct 'tech’ sector into other areas such as life sciences, financial and professional services, and advanced manufacturing. 

“We estimate that there were 240,000 employed in our ‘digitally intensive’ sectors in 2019. However, we cannot be complacent, the pandemic has accelerated the state and rate of digital transformation for us and our competitors. EU research shows that gaps and divides exist in our relative readiness to access and adopt existing and emerging digitally enabled opportunities. We need this new framework and related action plans to engage businesses and citizens in responding to these challenges and opportunities.

“We look forward to engaging further with Government and other stakeholders on the related structures and workstreams outlined in today’s strategy.”