A REFOCUSSED INDUSTRY POLICY
New Zealand is experiencing a period of rapid and unprecedented change, driven in large part by transformational forces relating to decarbonisation, ongoing technological disruption and the implications of COVID-19.
To address these changes, the Government launched a new Industry Strategy in 2019, outlining its approach to growing strong and innovative industries in New Zealand.
At the core of the Industry Strategy is the development of Industry Transformation Plans (ITPs) for selected sectors of the economy, where there are opportunities to lift productivity and growth or where significant transition is required.
The Government is taking a partnership-led approach that builds a strong evidence base for action, uses specific sector strategies and roadmaps, leverages international connections, and provides clear and consistent signals on the direction of travel.
This commitment includes developing ITPs for Digital Technologies (DITP), Agritech, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, Tourism, and Forestry and Wood Processing.
For more information about the New Zealand Government’s Industry Policy visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s industry policy page.
An Industry/Government Partnership led by:
THE DIGITAL TECH ITP PROCESS
The Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan (DITP) is a vehicle to bring together industry, with its knowledge, drive and understanding of the Digital Technologies ecosystem, and government, who is responsible for broad economic settings. It is a living document that combines a top-down view of the emerging sector, as reflected in its vision, and a bottomup work programme based on evidence and business insights.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have been working in partnership with the Industry, Māori and other stakeholders groups over the past year to develop the DITP. The tech sector’s largest industry group, NZTech, has been the leading industry partner in the process, coordinating and including multiple other tech sector stakeholders.
OVERVIEW OF THE DITP PROCESS
Initial workshops were held with key sector representatives throughout New Zealand to discuss its scope. It was agreed the DITP would focus on supporting the growth of the digital technologies sector itself, rather than a focus on addressing the broader uptake of technology across the economy.
The initial DITP workshops developed a shared vision for the Digital Tech Sector to underpin the work. The workshops also established that it would be more effective to focus on industry wide opportunities for growth rather than try to pick sub-sector winners. The workshops identified key sector growth opportunities however they also identified critical foundations that are needed to support this transformational growth.
Further workshops were conducted throughout New Zealand to validate the key foundations and growth opportunities, leading to a series of workstreams.
Each workstream was led by collaboratively by an Industry partner and a Government partner guided by Steering Groups.
During the development of the DITP a national Reference Group provided input and guidance to the process.