A new jobs initiative, Future Jobs Ireland, was launched by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys on Sunday.
The initiative aims to create highly productive and sustainable businesses by growing the percentage of highly productive and skilled people in the workforce.
Other actions that the Government will be working towards in 2019 include:
- The Development of a new GovTech Strategy;
- Testing Autonomous Vehicles on Irish Roads;
- Establishment of new Regional Clusters which will bring together SMEs and Institutes of Technology to drive innovation;
- Enhanced incentives to promote Digital Skills Development in SMEs;
- Major new investment in Disruptive Technologies;
- And the development of Plans for a National Design Centre.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister Humphreys said: "The launch of Future Jobs Ireland today, a major new economic policy framework for the country, shows that this is very much what this Government is doing.
"Brexit of course shares some characteristics with other worrying international developments.
"The growing rise of protectionist policies, especially in relation to international trade, is of deep concern to open and trade-dependent economies like Ireland.
"We must do everything we can, at EU level and internationally, to ensure that good sense prevails. We cannot afford to be passive observers," she added.