artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to become one of Malta’s most important sectors in the near future, according to the respondents to the EY Attractiveness Survey.

In fact, 39 per cent of the top executives from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies in Malta believe AI will be Malta’s leading business sector within five years.

Leading business sectors over the next five years (EY Attractiveness Survey 2021)

With 65 per cent of businesses indicating that the availability of skilled workers is a key factor influencing future investment decisions, it is clear that investment in education and training is crucial to Malta’s future development.

Factors that influence future investment location choices (EY Attractiveness Survey 2021)

In fact, after fixing Malta’s brand and reputation, improving the education and skills is the second most important element in maintaining global competitivity.

Priorities to remain globally competitive (EY Attractiveness Survey 2021)

It seems like companies are tired of waiting for Government to act, with three quarters of all FDI companies identifying appropriate training as the social issue they are working hardest on tackling.

Societal issues being tackled by FDI companies (EY Attractiveness Survey)

In June, the Malta Digital Innovation Authority, tasked with implementing the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, which aims to turn Malta into the best platform for AI by 2030, announced a second round of its ‘Pathfinder’ scholarship scheme.

The scheme offers students following courses at Masters or PhD level in the field of AI a maximum of €10,000, with a full purse of €100,000.

There is a lot of growth potential for AI locally, as 39 per cent of investors are considering investing in intelligent automation while a further 33 per cent are looking into AI investments.

Emerging technologies companies are considering investing in (EY Attractiveness Survey 2021)

Globally, a Mazars report published in January found that 73 per cent of businesses want to implement AI next year, but an equal proportion believe a lack of skills is hampering growth in the sector.

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