Story image

NZTech chief Graeme Muller joins global tech alliance WITSA

20 Oct 2016

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) will be welcoming NZTech CEO Graeme Muller to its ranks, who will provide a new Zealand voice in the global tech board.

Muller will serve on the WITSA's board to help stimulate economic growth and development through ICT investments. He will also serve as a connection point for tech firms around the globe.

Given that ICT challenges are also global in nature, WISTA states that it brings members together to 'achieve a shared vision' on common and important issues facing the industry.

“This is a great channel for helping raise the awareness globally that New Zealand is a leading hi-tech nation. There are huge opportunities for New Zealand tech firms to grow internationally and I will be working to ensure policies and relationships are in place to help them throughout the world," Muller says.

Muller believes that his position and international relationships will also be a key way of helping New Zealand tech further cement its 'advanced' position in the global market.

“The New Zealand tech sector is growing at unprecedented rates and now accounts for 9 percent of GDP and employs 5 percent of the workforce. But the big opportunity is the growth of exports, worth $6.3 billion in 2015 and on track to cross the $10 billion mark by 2018 at current growth rates," Muller says.

“NZTech has been able to expose a number of hi-growth New Zealand tech firms to international recognition with one in particular, ARANZ Medical winning the Global ICT Excellence Award, the equivalent of an Oscar for the tech sector,” Muller says.

Statistics from the Technology Investment Network's TIN 100 report state that the 200 leading hi-tech companies in New Zealand have a combined revenue of more than $9.4 billion, an increase of 12% in a single year. The majority of growth comes from heavy hitters like Datacom, Fisher and Paykel, Gallagher Group and Xero.

“We have hundreds of world class tech firms and market leaders, and amazing new successful firms emerging every year. We’re really excited about our planning for Techweek 2017. We are pulling together hundreds of tech and innovation conferences, events and activities right across New Zealand for a week in May (6-14) next year. This will be huge,” Muller comments.

WITSA is one of the global heavyweights in representing the ICT industry. It includes members from 80 countries, including the likes of Mongolia, Argentina and the US, represent 90% of the entire ICT market.

Chch crypto exchange Cryptopia facing liquidation
It seems that Christchurch-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has been unable to recover after malicious cyber attackers stole around $20 million worth of cryptocurrency.
Adobe & Amazon: Making merchants' stores a lot more powerful
Magento Commerce branded stores for Amazon sellers features native integration with Amazon merchant tools including Amazon Pay and Fulfillment by Amazon. These provide the convenience of secure payments and speedy shipping services for buyers.
Four NZ projects shortlisted in IDC's APAC Smart Cities Awards
The annual awards highlight and acknowledge outstanding smart city initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and this year attracted over 180 entries.
How Chorus aims to reshape service company maintenance contracts
“These contracts are the first step in moving Chorus beyond the major UFB network build."
Mind Lab at MOTAT hosting event to promote young women in tech
Gender diversity in the tech industry is a hot topic around the world, but it’s one that New Zealand is looking to tackle head on.
SOLD: Infratil & partner snap up Vodafone NZ
Brookfield Asset Management and Infratil will hand over NZ$3.4 billion to acquire Vodafone New Zealand.
Noise pollution is the new second-hand smoke
ow loud is our phone call? Can you hear your co-worker’s music through their headphones? Do you need to have that meeting in a public area of the office?
Infratil throws its hat into the buyer's market for Vodafone NZ
Vodafone has been through a turbulent time lately, after the threat of staff redundancies, constant fines from the Commerce Commission, and the addition of Vodafone CEO Jason Paris late last year.