Portugal set on motion this week the creation of the Portugal Digital Mission, which emerges with the purpose of coordinating and operationalizing the actions, measures and initiatives identified to start the execution of the Digital Transition Action Plan (DTAP), one of the essential instruments of the country’s development strategy, in alignment with the objectives that will guide the European Union’s investments in the period 2021-2027. The purposes are clear: “It is intended that Portugal is at the forefront of the countries that are best prepared to face the challenges and changes inherent to a global transition, ensuring that it results in greater equality and inclusion of citizens, in strengthening democratic pillars, in an increase in the competitiveness of the economy and in attracting investment, national
and foreign, as well as in the creation of value by the companies ”. In this regard, DTAP is based on three fundamental pillars of action:
a) Pillar I: Training and digital inclusion of people;
a.1) Digital education;
a.2)Professional training and requalification;
a.3) Digital inclusion and literacy;
b) Pillar II: Digital transformation of the companies;
b.1) Entrepreneurship and investment attraction;
b.2) Companies, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
b.3) Transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to the economy;
c) Pillar III: Digitalization of the State;
c.1) Digital public services;
c.2) Agile and open central administration;
c.3)Connected and open regional administration;
Catalysts are also identified which, in a transversal way to the three pillars identified above, constitute instruments for accelerating the digital transition:
1) Regulation, privacy, cybersecurity and cyber defense;
2) Circular economy of data;
3) Connectivity and infrastructure;
4) Disruptive technologies;
5) Alignment with the European digital strategy;
6) Communication and promotion..
In this context, and without prejudice to other measures and regulations to be approved later, 12 measures were immediately published by the Government aiming to achieve the goals that
characterize Portugal’s digital transition, with emphasis on:
The e-Residency Program: Which aims to create a concept of digital identity using the Digital Mobile Key, allowing citizens, nationals or
foreigners not resident in the country (digital nomads), to use Portuguese public services in their online version in order to develop their economic activity from anywhere in the world. The launch of the platform at a global level is intended to occur during the 2020 edition of the Web Summit.
The creation of Technological Free Zones: Through the creation of special regulatory regimes (adapted to each sector and its specificities) that promote and facilitate the realization of research, demonstration and testing activities, in a real environment, of technologies, products, services, innovative processes and models within the scope of emerging technologies (autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, bio and nanotechnology, 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, Internet of Things, Big Data, 5G network, etc.), allowing to host in Portugal the respective national and international development projects.
The Digital Training Program for SMEs in the Interior + CO3SO Digital: Program for the retraining and retention of workers in the interior of the country in professionals in the area of Information, Communication and Electronic Technologies (ICET), in two stages: the first focused on staff intensive training supported by public structures, in a polytechnic institute in the interior, followed by a second stage of integration in a qualified SME, with a salary contribution supported by the + CO3SO Program.
Digital Innovation Hubs for Entrepreneurship: Collaborative networks (research centers, universities, technological interface centers, incubators, competitiveness clusters, business associations, development agencies, among others) that include specific digital competence centers, with the objective of dissemination and adoption of advanced digital technologies by companies, especially SMEs, through the development, testing and experimentation of
these same technologies. As such hubs work as a one-stop-shop they
manage to help SMEs in the digital transition of their business processes, in view of its competitiveness. With this set of measures, the Portuguese Government aims to actively contribute to stimulating the economy and entrepreneurship in Portugal, promoting the flexibility of
legislative environments, the reduction of internal digital asymmetries and the construction of business bridges in Europe and around the Globe. In this way, Portugal reinforces its position in research and development (R&D) area and creates the necessary incentives to relocate international projects to Portugal, as well as foreign investment related to emerging technologies.