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The Principality is becoming the first European country to set up a sovereign cloud. Monaco Cloud will be operational in 2021.

In 2021, the Principality will add an additional element to Extended Monaco, its digital transition programme. “Monaco will be the first country in Europe to launch its own sovereign cloud,” announced Prince Albert II of Monaco in September 2020. Monaco Cloud’s shareholders are 100% Monegasque – the State holds the majority stake – and will thus enable government data and that of private businesses to be stored in the Principality, under Monegasque law.

In addition to the benefits for local stakeholders, this innovative move is also designed to attract investors. The advantages of a sovereign cloud are well known: faster delivery, improved stability, security and data transparency, with guarantees provided by the Monaco Cyber Security Agency.

An essential piece of Monaco’s digital ecosystem, the sovereign cloud “will serve as the basis for the development and creation of new digital services in the Principality, including those related to the smart city, e-health, e-education and e-government,” explains Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Officer. The cloud’s processing power and storage capacity will facilitate the use of artificial intelligence.

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The sovereign cloud will accelerate the introduction of digital identity from summer 2021, as a result of which every Monegasque national and resident will have a digital identity linked to their new identity card or residence permit, including highly secure authentication.

Each user will have access to all of the Government’s digital services through a single website and will no longer need to re-enter information that is already known to the Government.

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