Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public Transport & Commuter Affairs has welcomed the launch of the Government’s National Digital Strategy, “Doing More with Digital” by Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte.
The first phase of the National Digital Strategy is focussed on stimulating the indigenous economy by helping small Irish business to expand on-line; providing support in preparing the next generation for future jobs; and making sure everyone in society benefits from digital.
It includes a Trade On-Line Voucher Scheme to encourage small and medium enterprises to increase their online trading presence. The vouchers will put up to €2500 directly into the hands of 2000 small businesses to help them prioritise digital, get the resources, training and expertise needed to develop an online trading presence.
Firms can avail of the vouchers once they match the funding provided. The voucher scheme will be managed by local enterprise offices and will be trialed in Dublin initially.
Minister Kelly says - “This is an innovative initiative by Minister Rabbitte which aims to assist small traditional businesses by providing them with financing to develop their online trading presence, begin to reap the benefits of the online market and enable them to grow. Companies which trade online are proven to grow faster than those which don’t”.
“The National Digital Strategy also commits to halving the number of ‘non-liners’ by 2016 - people who aren’t already on the internet. This will bring an additional 288,000 people into the digital community.
Other education, e-learning initiatives and cross-Government measures are provided for in the National Digital Strategy”.