Consultant Doug Martin, recruited to canvass views on the formation of a new ICT industry body, is due to wind up the first round of his consultations this week, but difficulty in contacting people during the holiday period is slowing progress.
Martin, partner in Wellington-based consultancy Martin Jenkins, will then draw up a report for presentation to Cabinet.
The move to the new body, to succeed the less-than-successful ICT-NZ, is substantially government driven and will be partly government-financed. ICT-NZ was attempting to survive on industry contributions and failing to get commitment, particularly from companies who belonged to one or more of the many sectoral ICT organisations.
The government wants a single umbrella organisation to assist liaison with the ICT sector.
Martin says in accordance with the Cabinet paper issued late last year, he is consulting both with industry bodies and “community user groups and community and voluntary organisations.”
Government is insistent on involving both sides in the planned organisation.
Some ICT industry sources, such as Xsol’s John Blackham, have expressed scepticism as to whether the two sets of interests can be reconciled, but Martin says the new body is seen as “a forum in which different interests can be expressed,” he says.