National strategy, digital twin, and skills shortages on NZ tech minister’s mind

David Clark explains how a proposed national digital strategy differs from the ITP effort, and why he views the skills shortage as a skills mismatch.

New Zealand is due for a new digital roadmap, says Minister for Digital Communications David Clark, who is intending to release a draft Digital Strategy for Aotearoa for widespread consultation.

Speaking to a TUANZ (Technology Users Association) audience, Clark noted that the strategy will be an overarching framework that will consist of three pillars: mahi tika (trust, doing things the right way), mahi tahi (inclusion, working together), and mahi ake (growing the tech economy).

Digital strategy is different than IT industry transformation plan

So how will his digital strategy differ from the Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) currently being developed with industry groups which includes everything from branding New Zealand as a tech nation, to government procurement, to an AI strategy?

“We have an ITP for industry development. The [new] strategy looks at the overarching sector, the future of us as a country. How do we make sure our citizens are technically enabled for a digital future?” Clark told CIO New Zealand following his speech.

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