A Gozitan company, J2 Group, and the multi-national company Microsoft will be operating from the Innovation Hub and the industrial zone of Xewkija, Gozo.
Work on the Innovation Hub is moving along at a brisk pace and is expected to open its doors at the end of this year.
Google and Microsoft are competitors as they work in the same field but in Gozo they will be working under the same roof at the new Innovation Hub.
During a ceremony, an agreement was signed between J2 Group and Microsoft to train and prepare workers and students in digital knowledge. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that it was important for Maltese and Gozitan employees in every sector to be updated with the developments of digital technology.
The agreement was signed between the Gozo Minister, MCAST, Malta Enterprise and Malta Industrial Parks, with the MCAST principal, Prof James Calleja calling this an advantage for the college students because it opens the road for more training in the AI sector.
Evangelos Chrysafidis, on behalf of Microsoft said that the interest and passion of the Government to move forward in this sector was what brought Microsoft to Malta and Gozo.
While she spoke about the Government’s vision to change Gozo into the main contributor for the national economy, Minister Justyne Caruana said that the workforce needs to be ready for the opportunities which will be created.
Economy Minister Chris Cardona said that this partnership with well-known companies will encourage more businesses to consider Gozo as a place for their operations in the digital sector.