Portugal moves up one position in the 2022 edition of the DESI. Now occupies the 15th place

The 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) revealed that Portugal has increased one position compared to 2021. It currently ranks 15th among the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) and reflects the national society and economy digital development efforts.

One of the main highlights for Portugal is the increase in the percentage of ICT specialists, which is now 4,7%, being closer to the EU average (4,5%). However, disparities continue to exist between companies and individuals about the adoption of information and communication technologies. According to the report, to reduce the digital gap in Portugal, more ICT graduates would be needed.

The study also emphasizes the work in ICT Gender Equality, where Portugal has jumped two positions, thus being above the European average. This gender balance in ICT is also transversal to INCoDe.2030.

The document also reveals that “Portugal has intensified its efforts to increase the level of digital skills of people in the general and working population, extending the scope of the National Digital Skills Initiative INCoDe.2030”.

In the DESI reports by country, there is quantitative evidence of the indicators with an overview of policies and good practices regarding each Member State. The Portuguese report also refers the restructuration of INCoDe.2030, carried out in May 2021. It shows the new governance, objectives and alignment of the most relevant programs and strategies, which indicators were defined as targets to be achieved in 2025 and 2030.

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