Who are you going to call first - the information clearinghouse? (NZ Institute)
By Peter Kerr for sticK
(sticK - 15 Dec. 2010 ) As the whole New Zealand environment for turning ideas into income morphs into something better, stronger and faster, it's worth revisiting independent think tank The NZ Institute's 'Plugging the gap' discussion document.
This report sounds out an internationalisation strategy for New Zealand, proposing 14 policy directions to improve the success of businesses trying to establish themselves in international markets.
As the Ministry of Science and Innovation evolves its national network of commercialisation centres (among many initiatives really), many parts of the document should be required reading.
One of these proposals is to establish an information clearinghouse, concentrated in one strongly branded location so that everyone is aware of where to look and what is available.
Institute director Rick Boven says such information in New Zealand is currently too scattered and too difficult for a business to easily find.
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