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Parliamentary Secretary José Herrera has said that Malta is in its final stages of presenting an e-commerce Strategy that would complement the efforts made by the European Union to have a more Digital Society.

Jose Herrera made this announcement during a full day conference in Italy chaired by the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.

Parliamentary Secretary José Herrera stressed that Malta was playing a role to become a champion in Digital Technology. “The digital strategy launched some time ago paved the way forward. Now we are in a phase to implement the strategy for the benefit of our citizens”, said Herrera.

Speaking in the presence of representatives from Samsung, Microsoft, Erikson, Oracle, Facebook, Ernest and Young, Google and Cisco, Herrera said that the e-commerce strategy, to be launched soon, would address one of pillars of the Digital Strategy.

“In line with the actions identified in the Digital Malta Strategy, the e-Commerce Strategy, which will be launched soon for consultation, shall identify a set of measures to sustain and grow local eCommerce, identify business sectors with the potential to capitalise on web technologies and penetrate foreign / niche markets and identify those opportunities whereby Malta may attract business activity operating or supporting the global eCommerce market”, said Herrera.

The e-Commerce strategy is one of the tangible examples from this Government to address the Digital Strategy. Now Europe had a substantial role too in shaping the emerging realities of new revolutionary digital technology such as cloud computing and big data. He stressed that opportunities, such as those that came with the opening of an innovation hub in Smart City Malta, helped to achieve a digital union. He explained that the hub aimed to create ideal conditions for innovators to share ideas and mould them into a learning experience that could lead to successful business enterprises.

During the same seminar the “Venice Declaration for a more Digital Union” with the aim of driving economic recovery through digitization, ensuring digital security and turning cities into laboratories of a dynamic digital Europe was launched. Malta declared that it appreciated the presidency's work in drawing up this declaration for a more digital union and invited the Italian presidency and the Commission to present these proposals for discussion before formal European institutions.

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