Gov needs urgent digital overhaul, says Huawei-backed report

The UK government urgently needs to establish an ambitious new digital operation model for a green future and better connectivity, a report backed by Huawei has said.

The report by Public Policy Projects, which was put together in collaboration with Chinese tech company Huawei and co-written by Anderson Strategy, outlines recommendations to the UK government for a broad new digital overhaul that will help local, regional, and central governmental bodies hit connectivity and sustainability targets.

The report says that the UK needs to radically improve digital skills across the nation by “employing a long-term digital skills strategy that specifically centres on reforming the education system at all levels to ensure it is fit for purpose in the digital age.”

It calls for a digital operating model that mandates greater information and data sharing amongst local authorities, relevant stakeholders and digital operators from the early stages of development, to drive forwards change and make it more streamlined and efficient.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of addressing the challenges of digital connectivity,” said Victor Zhang, Huawei vice president. “After 20 years helping UK better connected, Huawei recognises the nation’s depth of technology talent and innovation and the importance of harnessing it to deliver economic and social prosperity for generations to come.

He added: “Huawei stands ready to support levelling up the country by supporting economic growth and digital skills throughout the nations and regions.”

Stephen Dorrell, executive chair of Public Policy Projects said: “This White Paper is a call to action, setting out five broad recommendations for a new digital operating model in Britain. It identifies some of the challenges we face and seeks to learn from the experience of others as well as ourselves. We should not underestimate the challenge, but nor should we lose sight of the opportunity to reshape our society to meet the demands of the 21st century.”

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