A senior Google official has stated that the company is committed to continue helping small businesses to grow and become international. Enrico Bellini was addressing a conference on the use of digital technology in trade. The conference was organised by Nationalist Euro MP Therese Comodini Cachia.
Bellini, an analyst with Google, said the company was proud to have helped small companies expand their businesses. Bellini said that Google’s commitment was to strengthen its efforts with small enterprises through digital technology.
“We pledged to train up to 2 million European citizens by 2017 on digital skills, and that’s what we are doing today, and that’s what we plan to do in Europe for the years to come. We really believe that digital skills are essential in order to grow online for all businesses, from start ups to SMEs, and also consumers.”
Enrico Bellini was the main speaker in a one-day conference attended by over 300 delegates. Dr Therese Comodini Cachia, who organised the conference, said digital tools help the Maltese economy to develop and create more jobs. It is for this reason, Comodini Cachia said, that internet service providers should work to provide the best connectivity and speed at affordable prices.
Dr Comodini Cachia said studies have shown that small and medium enterprises making the best use of internet grow four times faster than companies which don’t use digital technology. The same companies create jobs at a faster rate, and have a 50% better chance of selling products and services outside their region. Comodini Cachia added that research by the European Union has shown that by the year 2020 European Union countries will have 825,000 work vacancies in ICT.