Announced today that the Government will set up a new advisory group to represent the various interested parties in ICT in this country. IT Minister David Cunliffe said
Creating a digital future for New Zealanders requires collaboration from a wide range of stakeholders… The new forum will create partnerships between industry, community and voluntary groups and users and provide a coordinated voice to government on digital issues. It is important that the interests of the wider digital community and those working with government on the development and implementation of the Digital Strategy and other initiatives are heard.
It seems that until now, previous groups focused mainly on skills shortages, or building business capability (both valid areas mind you), hopefully this new group will look at all the issues and pick up the great work done by the New Zealand Institute, the previous groups and other stakeholders. Hopefully the new group can come up with an achievable and holistic way to move the country forwards.