01.02.2019 · The Government

Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies of Catalonia, visits Faroe Islands

Yesterday, Kristina Háfoss, Minister of Finance welcomed Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration of Catalonia, to the Faroe Islands. The Minister will spend the next four days on a work visit learning more about Faroese digitalisation and the Faroe Islands in general. Accompanying him are government officials and Daniel Marco, director of the SmartCatalonia Programme.

On his visit, the Minister and his delegation will learn more about the National Digitalisation Programme of the Faroe Islands, which main objective is to create a digital infrastructure for the Faroe Islands. The programme is divided into four projects: Creating a e-ID, creating a citizens portal for public digital services, delivering free and reliable basic data and creating a data exchange layer.

Today, the visit will begin with a ministerial meeting, where the Minister Háfoss and Minister Puigneró will discuss the possibilities and challenges within digitalisation and e-governance. Afterwards, several meetings are scheduled with government and industry representatives, where exchange of words will be about subjects regarding digitalisation, IT, mobile network and legislation.

Saturday, the delegation will have the opportunity to tour the islands. They will visit Bø, Gásadal, Gjógv and Kirkjubø. Moreover, they will visit salmon producer, Bakkafrost, and Eysturoyartunnilin that will connect Eysturoy to Torshavn next year.

Monday, the Ministers will sign a Memorandum of Agreement that sets out to strengthen the relations between the nations by sharing knowledge and experience and carrying out joint projects. Thereafter, they will visit newly renovated Sjóvinnuhúsið which is home to parts of the Faroese University and houses entrepreneurs and creative businesses. The last meeting will be with the House of Industry before heading back to Catalonia Monday afternoon.

For more information on the National Digitalisation Programme of the Faroe Islands visit talgildu.fo