Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce has
praised Dunedin's economic development strategy and cannot
see any reason why its goals cannot be achieved.
The strategy's goals are to add 10,000 jobs in Dunedin and
increase wages by $10,000 in 10 years.
It aims to do that by improving business vitality and
innovative alliances, creating a hub of skills and talent,
improving links beyond the city's borders and making Dunedin
a compelling destination.
Mr Joyce was a speaker at a presentation of the strategy,
which was adopted last September, held for local business
people and organisations at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in
Dunedin last night.
He said the strategy was headed in the right direction with
its focus on getting Dunedin's ''face'' into the wider world,
using its strengths, such as education and technology, to
increase its international links and producing high-value
''It's one of the sharper regional economic strategies I have
seen. There is always potential to be waffly, but you've got
targets, actions and things that are achievable for the
Dunedin was full of companies that were already heading in
the right direction of producing added-value products for the
international market, and the strategy was targeting the
right areas - improving and building on international
relationships, education, tourism, high-value manufacturing,
information and communications technology and design.
''You've got it going on. Be confident - there's no reason
you cannot succeed with the targets you have set.''
Projects in the strategy already started include better
support for exporting, improving the city's links with
Shanghai, and further developing innovative and
internationally competitive industries and clusters.
The strategy was jointly developed by the Dunedin City
Council, the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the Otago Southland
Employers Association, Otago Polytechnic, the University of
Otago and Ngai Tahu.