The Ministry of Business Innovaton and Employment’s (MBIE) core purpose is to “grow New Zealand for all.” This includes a wide range of work areas, including digital policy. This has included the development of an Industry Transformation Plan for the digital technologies sector, creating a national Digital Strategy, and programmes that build the digital capability of our SMEs.
“The world looks to Aotearoa New Zealand as a leader in ethical, innovative, inclusive and sustainable digital technologies. These technologies enable our economy to prosper, help our businesses to grow stronger and compete internationally, and contribute to the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.”
– Draft ITP vision 2022-2032 Document
As the pandemic continues to impact the way we do business, access services, and connect with friends and whānau, the digital technologies sector remains vitally important. To this end, the Government, in partnership with industry, co-designed a draft Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) for the digital technologies sector, to promote the continued growth of the sector and help it fulfil its huge potential as a generator of export revenue and high-value jobs for Kiwis.
The ITP looks to address the most significant ongoing challenges facing the sector, while also highlighting a range of diverse opportunities for growth that can benefit all New Zealanders. At the centre of the Draft ITP is a joint action plan. The action plan is framed around three key priorities – creating strong foundations, taking advantage of accelerated growth opportunities, and building Māori participation in the sector.
Consultation is currently open until 31 March 2022 for industry and other interested parties to have their say, which will help shape the final release of the ITP.
During Techweek22, MBIE and NZTech will outline the different areas of focus in the Industry Transformation Plan. This includes efforts to ensure we are building digital skills that will support businesses to grow and supply into global markets and are creating opportunities and a more diverse representation of New Zealanders in these roles. It also includes a focus on encouraging more Māori to be involved in the digital technologies sector, either as business leaders, entrepreneurs, or employees.
For more information on how to have your say and to read the draft Digital Technologies ITP, follow the link below:
“The Digital Strategy for Aotearoa will be the start of the journey towards ensuring that all New Zealanders can seize the opportunities of digital technologies as citizens, as workers, as business owners, and as leaders. We have a huge opportunity to design, build and use digital technologies in world-leading, ethical ways that reflect the culture and uniqueness of our country for the benefit of us all."
-Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa
In October 2021, the government opened public engagement on the discussion document— Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa, and asked New Zealanders to have their say on New Zealand’s digital future. It is proposed that the Strategy will be built around a vision and three key themes: Mahi Tika — Trust, Mahi Tahi — Inclusion, Mahi Ake — Growth.
The engagement period ended in December last year and a wide range of feedback was received from New Zealanders through virtual hui, written submissions, and an online engagement tool. The Strategy is currently being developed and is set to be released in the coming months.
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More information about the Digital Strategy is available from the following link: