Italy’s digital ministry of digital transformation has promised to ease the burden on accelerating the establishment of a national platform for citizens, as part of a € 248bn rehabilitation plan designed to build the third largest euro economy.
Vittorio Colao, a former Vodafone executive, said the website would allow Italians to do everything from paying taxes to vaccinations and reducing the integration of regional and national governments.
It will serve as a catalyst for economic recovery under the auspices of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, he added.
“If I have to say why Italy is coming back today, it is because of legal and regulatory issues, which as a government we are determined to change,” he told the Financial Times.
He added: “Now is the time to do this. It has not happened in the past because, perhaps, the urgency was not heard, or perhaps the rejection was strong. Covid’s sad story has not only taken lives, but also affected the economy in many important ways. . ”
Draghi, the former President of the European Central Bank, was appointed by the Italian President earlier this year to form a united government after the end of the world. Colao was chief of the British telephone company Vodafone between 2008 and 2018 and, until becoming prime minister, resides in London. A political scientist, he is one of the business experts selected by Draghi.
He also said he was committed to promoting online access to the public before developing a “knowledgeable system that includes everything like fines, taxes, courts and vaccines.”
“It sounds like science fiction, but it doesn’t. We already have 20m people on the platform today, ”he said.
About a third of Italy has signed up with an existing platform, called Spid. Colao said that, in the first quarter of this year, digital services generated 120m, against the 143m total for 2020.
Colao said the increase in digital connections that Italians have with the government through the website could help government plans to use digital education and skills.
Internet use in Italy is one of the lowest in the EU. Only 38% of Italians between the ages of 16 and 74 bought goods and services online in 2019, the lowest third in the EU – similar to Bulgaria and Romania, according to Eurostat.
Half of Italians between the ages of 16 and 74 used a portable computer or portable device to access the internet remotely from work or home by 2019, compared to 73% of almost all whites.
The growth of the EU-backed package is “an eye-opener”, Colao said, “but the real basis of our plan is to change, to invest in people. Italy now wants to invest in its people and skills, and raise opportunities for those here.” .
He added: “You need to invest in all portable machines, from kindergarten to PhD research. The world has not changed for the better or for the worse. You have to be sober because your average performance is 15 to 30 years. ”
Colao said the move would help the country impose restrictions on imports and attract foreign investors.
“The two things that Italian businessmen always say are: we can’t find the right people, and the system is very dangerous,” he said. “Do I have a hundred confidence that we will achieve all of this? We must be willing. We may miss some points, but if we get to 90% that would put Italy ahead of the competition. ”