The Government announces the Digital Spain Plan 2025, which includes 50 measures to digitize the economy and make it more competitive
The exit from the crisis agreed in the EU will have a great impact on the country and its technology sector. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, presented yesterday the new Digital Agenda, which will be called Spain Digital 2025.
It includes about 50 measures grouped into 10 strategic axes with which, over the next five years, it is intended to promote the process of the digital transformation of the country, in line with the digital strategy of the European Union, through public-private collaboration and with the participation of all economic and social agents.
Spain Digital 2025 will mobilize until 2022 an amount of 70,000 million euros aimed at structural reforms and which will come from both public and private investors. However, in the following three years, the total amount of the investment will continue to rise, reaching 140,000 million euros for the next five years.
Public investment in the 2020-2022 period would be around 20,000 million euros, of which 15,000 million euros, approximately, would correspond to the different programs and new Community financing instruments of the Next Generation EU Recovery Plan, which establishes that digitization has to be one of the main axes to mobilize these resources.
Spain Digital 2025 will focus its objectives on promoting the country’s digital transformation as one of the fundamental levers to relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity and take advantage of all the opportunities offered by new technologies, with respect to constitutional and European values, and the protection of individual and collective rights.
In the words of President Sánchez, “this plan is not just another plan, it is one of the strategic pillars on which Spain’s economic recovery must be based: job creation, increased productivity and conquest of foreign markets.”
For his part, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, who intervened by videoconference, described the agenda as “ambitious and innovative” and stressed that it “anticipates the necessary structural reforms and investments for the future, and ensures the continuity of traditional policies to deploy infrastructure, increase connectivity and make our companies, especially SMEs, more digital. “
The plan’s agenda to digitize the country and the economy consists of about 50 measures that are articulated around ten strategic axes. On the one hand, is digital connectivity.
The objective is to guarantee adequate digital connectivity for the entire population, promoting the disappearance of the digital divide between rural and urban areas, with the aim that 100% of the population will have 100 Mbps coverage by 2025. Spain also wants to continue leading the deployment of 5G technology in Europe and encourage its contribution to increasing economic productivity, social progress, and territorial structuring. The plan sets the goal that by 2025 100% of the radio spectrum is ready for 5G.
Likewise, it will be a priority to reinforce the digital skills of workers and the general public, one of Spain’s weak points in many international studies. Special emphasis will be placed on the needs of the labor market and on closing the digital divide in education. The goal is that by 2025 80% of people have basic digital skills and that half of them are women.
More cybersecurity and data specialists
The strengthening of the Spanish cybersecurity capacity is also on the horizon for 2025. It seeks to have 20,000 specialists in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data in 2025 thanks, among other aspects, to the business activity pole that is the environment of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE).
In the field of public administration, the plans are to promote the digitization of departments such as Employment, Justice, or Social Policies by updating technological infrastructures. In 2025, 50% of public services will be available through a mobile app and the relationship of citizens and companies with administrations will be simplified and personalized.
Also on the table is the acceleration of the digitization of companies, with special attention to micro-SMEs and start-ups. The goal is set for at least 25% of the business volume of SMEs to come from electronic commerce by 2025, another of the pending issues in the productive fabric of this country.
Technology against climate change
Government plans also contemplate a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions due to the digitization of the economy. In this sense, the objective is to transform strategic sectors such as agri-food, mobility, health, tourism, commerce, or energy, among others.
The authorities have also set themselves the objective of improving the attractiveness of Spain as a European audiovisual platform to generate business and jobs, with the goal of increasing audiovisual production in our country by 30% by 2025.
The transition to a data economy is also among the goals of Spain Digital 25. It is about guaranteeing security and privacy and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence with the objective that, at least, 25% of companies use AI and big data in five years.
In addition, Spain Digital 2025 wants to contribute to closing the different digital gaps that have widened in recent years, whether for socioeconomic, gender, generational, territorial, or environmental reasons, and that has become apparent during the pandemic. A mission that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Advisory council and monitoring
The Government will create the Consultative Council for Digital Transformation, which will have a public-private nature and will facilitate dialogue and participation of the different economic and social agents for the digital transformation of the country. The National Observatory of Telecommunications and the Information Society (ONTSI) will contribute by providing public information on digital transformation and supporting the preparation of reports for the evaluation and updating of the actions carried out within the framework of this agenda. Additionally, a website dedicated to Digital Spain 2025 will be created, with updated information on measures and indicators, and an Annual Monitoring Report will be prepared, which will be presented to the Advisory Council for Digital Transformation.