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24 May 2024

Region’s Economy Set to Get £318m Boost from Digital Innovations

A Swansea conference will showcase innovations and digital opportunities which are set to boost the regional economy by £318 million.

The Swansea Bay City Deal's Digital Infrastructure Programme is driving forward with its mission to overhaul the region's technological landscape.

The programme has more than £175 million in investment and a projected £318 million boost to economic growth.

It is now hosting a conference, Digital Innovations and 5G Technology – Shaping our Future on May 23, in stadium.

The event aims to showcase the tangible benefits and opportunities that better connectivity brings to the region and to discuss key topics that impact the sustainability and longevity of projects.

Wales Office Minister Fay Jones, who is due to give an opening address, said:

“Digital connectivity is fundamental to economic growth and so I’m delighted to support this event showcasing some of the incredible work being done in the Swansea Bay region.

“The UK Government is proud of our contribution to the Digital Infrastructure Programme through our investment in the Swansea Bay City Deal. Growing the economy, creating new jobs and spreading prosperity is at the heart of our Levelling Up mission for Wales.”

Gareth Jones, Chief Digital Officer for Carmarthenshire County Council, who will be leading the day said:

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the scale of investment that’s being brought to our region to help better connect us. There are numerous social and economic benefits to improved digital infrastructure. This event will help highlight the progress made across our region, and future needs and opportunities.

Sessions include:

  • The Journey to 5G and Beyond Panel Discussion
  • Emerging Technology in Social Care
  • Digital Policy and What It Means for Our Region
  • 5G Health, Aesthetics & Environmental Considerations
  • Emerging Tech and Community Benefits
  • 5G Innovation Fund – Projects in Our Region Panel Discussion
  • Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal’s Joint Committee – The vision for Swansea – A truly digital city

Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal's Joint Committee said:

“We are excited to have so many industry experts join this event to collaboratively discuss the benefits of digital connectivity in the Swansea Bay City region. With business and community life relying on digital options more and more, we must seize as many opportunities as possible to harness investment inwards to safeguard our digital future. This event is a great example of how we can all play a part in making that happen.”

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