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  • Malta Independent Online
  • Thursday, 27 October 2011

Just as you start reading this article, a new technology would have been invented, produced, tested or used. Technologies took over the way we communicate, think, travel or learn and have infiltrated human lives in a manner that no one would have thought of 40 years ago when the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) was developing its first data gram network which later evolved into what is known today as the internet.

The past four decades have led information and communication technologies (ICT) to evolve to such an extent that infrastructure is no longer on top of the business agenda. As long as one is provided with the essentials one can really run multinational companies from anywhere. Today, we are living in extremely exciting times and this is what essentially made the ICT Gozo Malta (ICTGM) project team believe that ICT is an ideal opportunity for Gozo and its economy.

As part of the number of initiatives to explain the scope behind the ICT Gozo Malta project, on Saturday, 22nd October 2011 a seminar was held at the Calypso Hotel in Marsalforn, Gozo. This seminar was well attended and it mainly targeted ICT students, graduates, professionals, businessmen and people with an interest in ICT.

Mr. David Pace, the project manager for ICTGM gave an overview of the project. He explained what has been achieved so far and what the plans for the future are. Mr. Pace strongly emphasised the importance of participation as he explained how only people can help create this vision, i.e. Maltese and Gozitan residents. During the seminar, Mr. Pace also launched the ICT skills register and encourage ICT professionals graduates and students to register their ICT skills through the ICTGM portal. The seminar was also addressed by Mr. Ron Kelson, CEO of Synaptic Laboratories Ltd. Mr. Kelson emphasised the new technologies that can be developed from Gozo. He also gave an overview of a number of large companies who are already showing direct interest in the project and technology development map. Mr. Kelson said that the Government of Malta is creating the right environment to attract foreign investment to Malta. He made a reference to a recent Government initiative which provides for 0% taxation on the income generated by patent royalties.

Mr. Kelson continued by saying that ‘if the government tells us that the ICT sector is an important sector for the local economy, you need no one else to tell you that’. Mr. Kelson emphasised that the Government of Malta have funded 95% of the ICT Gozo Malta project, which clearly shows how much the government is committed to invest in this sector.

Participants who attended the seminar had the opportunity to ask questions and network. The seminar had the participation and support of the Ministry for Gozo through the Eco-Gozo programme, Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), the Gozo Business Chamber, Synaptic Laboratories, Bank of Valletta, and the ICT Students Association (ICSA) .

WHY SHOULD ICT STUDENTS GRADUATES AND PROFESSIONALS REGISTER? Because ICT Gozo Malta is showcasing local talent and capability available to support and participate in local ICT Projects with global potential. The skills register will clearly establish to international collaborators and funders that Malta offers the skills and talent necessary for them to consider participating in Malta led Research & Development Projects.

For further details about the project please contact Mr. David Pace on +356 79630221 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The ICTGM office is based at the Gozo Business Chamber building and is open from 9 am till 1 pm on Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment. www.ictgozomalta.eu

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Eco-Gozo – a Better Gozo Action Plan 2010 – 2012
Project part-financed by the Government of Malta - Ministry for Gozo
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