IT: Digital Coalition Swells by 16 New Members to 37

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 8 (TASR) – The Digital Coalition has been joined by another 16 members, with its ranks thus swelling to reach 37, according to a memorandum on new members inked in Bratislava on Thursday.

The coalition was joined by organisations active in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors, such as, for instance, the Trade Union Confederation, Orange and Uber Slovakia. Kezmarok (Presov region) has become the first town member.

According to Vice-premier for Investments and Informatisation Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD), the Digital Coalition project has got off to a “rocket start” due to the great commitment and enthusiasm displayed by its participants. “Throughout the short period since the project was founded, we’ve managed to network together and involve plenty of various important actors mainly from the IT sector, who’ve already produced real results. I’m going to praise in particular the IT Academy, a national education programme for the 21st century that involves the participation of 33,000 students, 3,000 university students and 2,100 teachers,” he declared.

“It’s our duty to carry out measures today to avoid having to announce month after month in the media, some 10-15 years down the road, that this and that firm is leaving our country because of a shortage of qualified labour and that it needs to go to third countries where the labour force is plentiful,” added Pellegrini.

The Digital Coalition-National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs in the Slovak Republic was created in September 2017 on the initiative of the Office of the Vice-premier for Investments and Informatisation and the IT Association of Slovakia. The aim is to coordinate the approaches of its members when dealing with the lack of digital skills on the Slovak market.