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Manx Firms Welcome IoM's New Digital Strategy

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
15 June, 2015

The Isle of Man Government recently released its digital strategy online, outlining its plans to increase the use of digital services over the next two to five years.

The Strategy is intended to support the Isle of Man Government's Vision2020 strategy, which looks to boost economic growth by supporting high-tech enterprises.

Noting its release, the Minister for Policy and Reform, John Shimmin, said: "We have clearly confirmed that there is both demand and opportunity; demand for more digital services from those who would choose to use them and a real opportunity for further cost savings, service improvements, and improved outcomes using modern technology."

Kurt Roosen, Chief Executive of the Manx ICT Association, said: "MICTA has supported the concept of having a digital strategy from day one and we have been closely involved as it has developed over the last few months... Given the current point of maturity of Government's systems, we see this as an opportunity, not only to learn from our peers but innovate past them. We have an opportunity to present the Isle of Man in a very positive and progressive light."

'Working together is a key principle and as a small island we can harness real power working collectively. We are particularly keen to continue to be involved through the partnership initiatives highlighted in the strategy, including the social inclusion partnership, and the Island Shield cyber security initiative... Our formal submission confirms our five priority areas including electronic ID, which we will now work closely [with the] Government on."

Deb Byron, the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce ICT Committee, said: "The need for more digital services... has been a frequent topic in our committee discussions over the years and our members recognize the power that technology has to improve services and transform businesses. Government is no different and we support the strategy as a general framework to accelerate: To accelerate the removal of bureaucracy, to accelerate more simple, convenient, and compelling services, and to accelerate cost savings and importantly also service improvements that will benefit us all."

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