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The big challenges for Portugal, in the area of digital skills

Training the Portuguese population in digital competences is a great challenge, with several political, economic, cultural and social dimensions.

It is in this context that the Government Programme, through the National Reform Programme, has established a set of goals, namely inclusion and digital literacy, guaranteed physical and cognitive access to digital public services for the entire population, promotion of analytical capacity for society and the economy in the context of big data, production and dissemination of information, privacy and security, the use of information, communication and electronic technologies in the process of life-long learning and, finally, research and development activities (R&D) aimed at the production of new knowledge, and advanced forms of scientific computing.

The aim of the National Digital Competences Initiative, Portugal INCoDe.2030, is to position Portugal at the top of European digital competences ranking by overcoming three big challenges:



Generalise digital literacy, with a view to the full exercise of citizenship and inclusion in a society with increasingly more digital practices, where many social interactions happen on the internet and are increasingly mediated by electronic devices.


Stimulate employability and professional training and specialisation in digital technologies and applications, in order to respond to the increasing demand of the market and to promote the qualifications needed for employment in a higher value-added economy.


Ensure strong participation in international R&D networks and the production of new knowledge in digital areas.