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DigiBC president pleased to hear feds to develop a digital economy strategy

In his opening remarks at the Canada 3.0 conference in Stratford, ON, Minister of Industry Tony Clement noted that the federal government has "launched national consultations to help inform the development of a digital economy strategy." "That was heartening to hear," says DigiBC President Michael Bidu, "because it means that the highest levels of government fully realize the significance of the digital economy in Canada."

Bidu was attending Canada 3.0 as a representative of BC’s digital media and wireless sector and was slated to deliver messages on convergence within the digital media and wireless sectors and on BC’s growing leadership in Canada in developing applications for mobile health and creating new opportunities for a sustainable healthcare system in BC and Canada and for exports around the world.

Clement noted that his government committed to developing a digital economy strategy in the recent federal budget and in the Speech from the Throne.

"A more prosperous and competitive Canada will ensure a better quality of life for all Canadians," Clement said in his address.

"We know that many of you have provided your thoughts in the past or have contributed valuable input on digital economy files. We are now seeking your advice on how Canada can regain its leadership position in the digital economy. We must find solutions to the specific issues facing Canada and build a made-in-Canada digital strategy that will improve our productivity and competitiveness.

"This will not be an easy task and will require the concerted and cooperative efforts of the private sector, academia, governments, public sector and the Canadian public. But the rewards and opportunities will be tremendous. We have the will and talent to compete to win in the global digital economy and take our rightful place at the top."

"I’m certainly going to urge all our members to take this very seriously and to provide their input to this very important new economic direction," says Bidu. "The information is all available in a discussion paper on the government website - www.digitaleconomy.gc.ca - where you can take part in an interactive online forum, or upload written submissions. The deadline for submissions is July 9, 2010."

Anyone with questions is invited to contact Industry Canada via email, at canada-digital@ic.gc.ca.

Canada 3.0 2010

DigiBC

 [May 14, 2010]


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