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Minister welcomes new ICT group

Hon Steven Joyce

Minister of Communications and Information Technology

December 16 2008
Media Statement


Minister welcomes new ICT group

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the formation of a new information and communications technology industry group – NZICT.

Mr Joyce says this is an important development for the sector which has lacked a unified voice since the demise of the Information Technology Association of New Zealand.

“There are some hefty issues in the ICT sector and an industry body will provide a coordinated voice to Government on issues of common concern. This kind of industry-driven approach for representation is always preferable to a government-driven, top-down approach.”

NZICT has identified raising New Zealand’s prosperity as a key objective.

Mr Joyce says this has never been more important than is currently the case. 

“ICT will play a very important role in this and the Government is doing its part by investing in ultra-fast broadband and updating the regulatory environment.

“The new National-led Government is commited to listening to the businesses that drive innovation and employment growth in New Zealand and I look forward to working with NZICT to that end,” says Mr Joyce.


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