At this exciting time in our history, information and communications technology (ICT) has the potential to:
- change the structure of economies and social behaviour;
- facilitate new modes of learning; and
- reduce our impact on the natural environment.
Our future will be shaped by how these technologies are used to change the way we access products and services, and how we live, work, learn and play. As we move towards full and active engagement in the digital economy and the information age, we need a Digital Economy Strategy to guide our transition; a strategy that can focus the attention and efforts of key stakeholders in the region including Councils, educational institutions and development organisations on a consolidated plan to get us there.