The government's e-commerce "action team", ECAT, is calling on individuals and groups to share ideas and experiences on e-commerce.
ECAT was set up at the behest of IT minister Paul Swain after the government/industry e-commerce summit last November. Apart from five people appointed by Swain to lead the group, 12 members represent industry sectors such as accountancy, local government, farming, trade unions and banking.
ECAT has since launched ECAT Network, a forum for individuals, community groups, business associations and industry sectors not already represented. ECAT member Prashanta Mukherjee says the network will be a vehicle for those interested to voluntarily publicise their activities and to share their knowledge, resources and experience. He says the network will help raise the visibility of local, regional and sector e-commerce initiatives.
Mukherjee says while ECAT is not run by the government and the government doesn't have to do listen to it, the group is influential.
ECAT is also running regional groups, with a meeting happening in Hamilton recently and gatherings coming up in Taranaki and Wairarapa.