Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Swain Welcomes IT Business Figures

Minister for Information Technology and Communications Paul Swain is heartened by the results of a survey of IT use by business which shows New Zealand leading Australian businesses in Internet use.

Paul Swain released the report today.

"This new information proves that New Zealand businesses are ready to embrace e-commerce - all they need is direction," he said.

"The survey shows that although interest in the Internet is high, businesses have yet to fully understand the commercial opportunities and impacts that e-commerce will bring to the New Zealand economy and to their own business activities.

"This makes the need for the government's E-Commerce Summit in two weeks even more important," he said.

The survey of 506 small, medium and large businesses - was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development and conducted by BRC marketing and Social Research.

The survey results were compared with corresponding figures from an earlier survey by the Australian National Office for the Information Economy.

"What we learnt is that overall 68% of New Zealand firms use the Internet, compared with 57% of Australian firms. Around 33% of New Zealand businesses hold domain names, compared with 28% in Australia. Around 8% of the firms surveyed here said they didn't have a computer compared with 15% of Australians.

"This is heartening news for New Zealand as it positions itself to be a leader in the knowledge economy," Paul Swain said.

"One of the things I've identified as part of our development of an e-commerce strategy is the need for more research and informaton on which to plan the way forward. That is is one of the proposals that will be put to the E-commerce Summit in November.

"This MED survey shows that use of email by large firms in both countries is approaching saturation - but an issue we both need to address is the lag behind of smaller businesses in the use of e-commerce.

"That is particularly relevent given a key goal of the government's E-commerce Summit is helping small to medium sized businesses learn how to make the most of e-commerce opportunities," Paul Swain said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>

 


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>

ALSO:


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels