Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    New guide to WA's growing ICT industry

    15/10/2007 8:53 PM
     
    15/10/07

    Industry and Enterprise Minister Francis Logan has released a comprehensive guide to Western Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry, saying Perth could soon become the home of ICT for the Asia-Pacific region.

    Mr Logan released the ICT Industry Capability Directory at the ICT WA 2007 conference on Friday and congratulated the local industry for the recent growth it had achieved.

    “There is no doubt that the ICT industry makes business happen, it underpins nearly every industry in the world,” he said.

    “WA is leading the world in ICT innovation in the resources industry, with an estimated 60 per cent of internationally-recognised mining software systems developed in this State.”

    Mr Logan said the WA Government was working to transform the Bentley Technology Park into Australia’s only industrial precinct that focused on ICT.

    “I believe WA will be the home of high-end, quality ICT, not only within Australia, but the wider Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

    “We are already attracting some very significant projects and there are many more to come.

    “The American company Interzone has established itself in WA earlier this year and is lifting the State’s games and digital content capability and employing our computer and graphic arts graduates.

    “The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is one of the biggest science projects in the world and we are short-listed to host the project.

    “The computing requirements needed for SKA are vast, demanding innovations to handle huge volumes of signal processing and data handling.

    “We have significant ICT capabilities in WA and with these new projects coming onboard here, these capabilities are being realised internationally.”

    Mr Logan said the ICT Industry Capability Directory was a valuable source for those wanting to identify the State’s ICT capability and establish relationships with local providers.

    He said the directory featured over 150 companies and would market WA’s extensive ICT skills to the world.

    The ICT Industry Capability Directory is available at http://www.ictwa.com.au

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