The Portuguese Prime Minister presents the 4.0 Industry Program at Polytechnic of Leiria
The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria was stage to announce the national tactics for the 4.0 industry that foresees, among other actions, to requalify and provide training for more than 20 thousand workers. A set of 60 measures of the initiative “Industry, 4.0 – Digital Economy”, that will involve 50 thousand enterprises and anticipates a total investment over 2.000 million euros in the coming years. The ceremony had the presence of the prime minister, António Costa, the minister of economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, the secretaries of state for the Industry, João Vasconcelos, and for the development and cohesion, Nelson de Souza, and had over a thousand people attending to it.
The government wants to place Portugal on the “front line” of the fourth industrial revolution and wants the enterprises to help to define priorities in terms of the economy digitalization, believing that the country has all the required conditions “to be among the leaders of this revolution”, says João de Vasconcelos, secretary of state for the Industry.
António Costa stated that this “is the first industrial revolution, in which Portugal doesn’t start from a disadvantage standpoint” and that “the country has to surf the wave of the digital revolution, with no hesitation”. The prime minister has no doubt that the country has the “basic Ingredients” to this revolution: a good technological infrastructure, highly skilled workforce, dynamic universities and polytechnics, and an enterprise network able to receive knowledge, pointing to Leiria as a good example of that and the reason why the city was chosen to the program presentation.