A government workgroup has been established to push IT information out to New Zealand companies. The ministries of research, science and technology, and commerce, have set up a joint working party, headed by Tradenz chief executive Rick Christie, and will report back by the end of the year.
“It is widely recognised that many New Zealand companies are not taking full advantage of the technology options available to them,” says Christie. “There are a number of reasons for this ‘technology gap’ which the working group has been formed not to debate but finally to address. Basically we know what the problem is, and have done for a long while.”
The Technological Innovation Working Group, as it is to be called, has representatives from Watties, Pultron Composites, the Manufacturers’ Federation and the two ministries involved. It will be consulting with businesses and R&D technology providers. The three main areas of action are:
* Enabling companies to make informed choices about technology development by raising awareness and understanding;
* Removing barriers to interaction between business and science and technology resources, especially publicly funded ones;
* Helping firms to gain better access to the global technology market.