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Malta: Public Sector dimension of AI Strategy


This page reports a synthesis of the main elements that characterise the national AI strategy with a specific focus on the public sector. It extracts the information related to a single country from a comparative analysis done by the AI Watch team and reported in full in the science for policy report “AI Watch. European Landscape on the Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Public Sector”.

Main highlights

  • AI can play a significant role in the transformation of government and public services
  • Chief Information Officers in each ministry will explore how AI can be deployed in their administrations
  • Launch of awareness campaigns to increase public officials’ understanding of AI
  • AI-related courses  will be included in public service training
  • Guidance documents will be made available public sector AI projects
  • Public procurement processes will be adapted to support procurement of AI

Strategy analysis

Learning by doing

  • Pilots projects
Stimulating awareness and knowledge sharing
  • Awareness campaigns

Ethical and legal framework

Improving data access and quality
  • Improving data quality
  • Improving data access

Funding and procurement

  • Revision of procurement processes
Improving internal capacity
  • Training on AI



Each ministry’s Chief Information Officers will be tasked with exploring how AI can be deployed in different areas of the public administration.

An important awareness campaign will be launched for public officials in order to increase understanding on AI. Events will be held for all senior officials in the public sector in order to build deeper insight into the AI Strategy.

Different types of trainings will be launched. Existing courses will be updated to include AI-related courses. In addition, a training and awareness programme for procurement with AI will be developed. Finally, public officials who wish to obtain (external) certifications in AI will gain financial support.

The public procurement processes will be revised in order to support the procurement of emerging technologies such as AI.

Lastly, the strategy also lists a number of high-profile AI projects which are expected to have a large and positive impact in the Maltese society.

General Information


Malta, the ultimate AI launchpad

Data of release

Oct 2019


Specific actions to public sector


Chap 3: Public Sector Adoption:

  • Create an AI-powered Government
  • Encourage the procurement of smart technologies
  • Implement high-profile AI pilot projects