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Scottish Government Launches Digital Strategy

Scottish Government Launches Digital Strategy

The Scottish Government has launched its digital strategy, promising to make the country a “vibrant and outward-looking digital nation”.

The strategy includes plans to increase the number of digital jobs in Scotland to 150,000 by 2021.

The Scottish Government also plans to launch a digital growth fund to “address the current undersupply of digital skills” and extend its digital boost programme which aims to provide support on digital issues to businesses.

The Scottish Government wants the country to be seen as an “international pioneer of citizen-led service design”.

The strategy said: “Our digital first standards enshrine a commitment to co-production which is already seen in, for example, the creation of user experience panels to help us shape the way in which we will provide social security benefits in Scotland following the transfer of powers from the UK government.”

Scottish cabinet secretary for finance and constitution, Derek Mackay, said there was a huge opportunity for Scotland and its people to have the tools to harness the potential of digital technologies.

He added: “Our vision is for Scotland to become even more digitally competitive and attractive. By developing our existing workforce, as well as increasing our digital capabilities across society and the business community, we will ensure our citizens have the opportunity to improve their digital skills with everyone who wants to get connected able to do so, and that public services designed by and for citizens are secure.

“This will in turn have a positive impact on growing our economy.”

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