Malta - A Centre of Quality for the ICT Sector
Fast track to Computer Solutions Ltd and Exigy Ltd
In little more than 10 years, Malta has changed remarkably from outsourcing most of its ICT requirements abroad to the current fast-increasing exports of its own excellent ICT services. Huge investments were carried out at all levels in ICT and Malta today can boast of a truly modern infrastructure with one of the highest broadband access in EU. The ICT sector has long been considered as one of the sectors that can contribute towards the development of the Maltese economy. There is a significant presence of local and foreign systems development companies in Malta. In fact, a number of European firms have set-up base to capitalise from the cultural and economic advantages that Malta has to offer.
This sector, being one of the number of identified sectors for foreign investment, is given special attention by Malta Enterprise which is the government agency entrusted with foreign investment development in Malta. Many world class companies already operate successfully in Malta in such sectors and their presence provides a true testimony to the quality and productivity of the Maltese workforce and the infrastructure within which they operate.
An important development in this area has been the recent announcement by Government on the agreement reached to establish a SmartCity@Malta. The new SmartCity@Malta will include a new fully-fledged ICT and Media Smart City on the models developed in Dubai. This project will also be accompanied by new state-of-the-art use of the environment of the site where it will be located, with the development of a hotel and other activities to help attract knowledge-based operations. This is expected to create a cluster environment to service tenants in the site in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Since the early 1990s government policy has emphasized the development of IT in Malta and has extensively invested in its telecommunications infrastructure, making it one of the best in Europe. This is highlighted by the fact that well in excess of €75 million has been invested in e-government. Moreover the Government has entered into a co-operation agreement with Microsoft which incorporate the launching of 3 IT academies that will produce Microsoft certified graduates. These fall under the auspices of the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and the Employment and Training Corporation. Government also entered into a vertical strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard and Oracle.
Among the benefits in Malta are the cost of labour and a highly skilled and educated workforce. Malta’s ICT graduates are a cut above our competitors. Not just because our human resources are known for their diligence, adaptablity, flexibility, technical aptitude and integregity, but the unique advantage Malta has to offer stems from being fluent English-speaking Europeans with a good command in other foreign languages. In fact, most Maltese have a good command of Italian while French and German are also widely spoken.
The Maltese ICT cluster is versatile and mature. It is an ideal candidate for the outsourcing of specialist ICT services, such as systems design and integration, software development, application implementations and hosting, skills training and help-desk support. Given its small population Malta is an ideal test-bed for innovative technology solutions.