The ICTX plan to streamline procurement and subsequent marketing of ICT developments for government will proceed to set up its first phases by “around the end of the year”, says coordinator Gordon Stevenson at NZ Trade and Enterprise.
Good feedback was received from the ICT industry, with 82 responses. They “crystallised” and supported the thinking of the informal body that started the plan, Stevenson says. Particular weight is evident behind so-called “smart guidelines”, a set of clearer principles for the procurement process, particularly valuable to those unused to participating in government contracts.
Responses to the ICTX group’s report from the government agencies side are still coming in, and when those are assembled, a project plan for implementation will be put to the Ministry of Economic Development. Ministers in charge of other relevant areas, such as Associate IT Minister David Cunliffe and possibly State Services Minister Trevor Mallard, will also be involved. That should happen by later this month.
The ICTX group and plan is shaping up as a valuable “single point of access” for the ICT industry and government agencies seeking ICT, Stevenson says.