Finland’s ICT 2015 group publishes recommendations

More than 200 experts have contributed to the proposals to support long-term growth in the Finnish ICT industry.

Finland’s ICT 2015 working group, established by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy following structural changes in the Nokia cluster, has published its recommendations for the country’s ICT strategy. The report proposes reforms concerning ICT infrastructure, research, funding and working practices that are designed to support long-term growth in the sector.

Entitled 21 paths towards a frictionless Finland, the report states that digital services offer opportunities for progress in all sectors, including the public sector. The report proposes a 10-year program designed to make Finland a global leader in the application of ICT.

Strategy for ICT sector growth

Major proposals in the report include the construction of a unified national IT architecture which would make it easier to create electronic services across organisational boundaries. The report also calls for a ten-year, EUR 20 million programme for research, development and innovation that would bring together the central players in the industry, such as universities, research centres, companies and investors.

A new funding programme worth EUR 25-40 million should provide adequate finance for start-ups and companies in the growth phase. The report also calls for more training in the games, security and big data sectors of the industry, more research in the mobile sector, and the creation of an open data ecosystem.

Sources: Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Tietoviikko