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Province releases new IT industry strategy

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A new strategic planning document to be released this morning by the province’s information technology sector emphasizes access to talent and increasing the local use of technology as key drivers for enhancing the industry.

In the report the Information and Communications Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) say their skills can help drive economic growth in the province and by working with other groups it want to create a climate that supports innovation.

The strategy report was the result of a survey of 200 members who were asked for their views on employment trends, education and public policy issues affecting the sector.

"It’s no surprise that access to qualified labour was highly ranked among both ICT and business leaders," said Kathy Knight, the chief executive officer of ICTAM. "Every sector in our province needs ICT professionals to grow their companies. Equally important is the recognition of how ICT can increase efficiencies in more traditional industry sectors to make them more globally competitive."

The new strategy highlights the need to increase marketing skills within the industry and to get Manitoba companies across all sectors to use home-grown ICT firms.

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