NZ E-Business Slips Behind

AUCKLAND (07/03/2000) - New Zealand is slipping further behind in electronic commerce with each week, says Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (Tuanz) chief executive Ernie Newman.

Newman has just returned from Ireland where he says the Irish Government has supported 30 companies in getting their e-businesses up and running on condition they help other Irish firms.

"Government offers very proactive help in Eire and many other governments are doing the same thing," says Newman.

"Here, there is the promise of an e-commerce summit in November, but it keeps getting delayed and very little is happening. We are getting further and further behind each week," he says.

As well as a lack of government support, Newman says part of the problem is that New Zealand has many small businesses and the cost of technology falls disproportionately on smaller firms.

Tuanz published a report on the subject in its June Tuanz topics and now plans two seminars to help tackle the problem.

The Wellington seminar is on July 11, the Auckland seminar is the next day.

Tuanz says the seminar will offer a pragmatic review of business-to-business trading in New Zealand, focusing on high volume transactions between regular trading partners.

It will provide a platform for the discussion and presentation of solutions, ideas, case studies, strategic models and practical advice for companies wishing to develop and/or improve supply chain management.

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