Arts Minister Ian Walker.
Arts Minister Ian Walker. Contributed

Queensland stakes its claim in the global digital market

QUEENSLAND is on course to become Australia's most digitally interactive state with the government set to launch its plan to revolutionise how the state does business.

Information and Technology Minister Ian Walker will launch the Go Digital Queensland strategy in Bundaberg today. 

Mr Walker, talking exclusively to APN Newsdesk, said the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy maps how Queensland would move ahead and stake our claim in the global digital market place.

"It is the Queensland Government's roadmap for working with local governments, regional development bodies and industry to build the state's digital capabilities," he said.

"The Go Digital Queensland strategy will assist all Queenslanders to quickly adapt to the digital realm and embrace the opportunities provided by the digital economy.

"It is our framework for increasing digital awareness, confidence and skills across Queensland."

Mr Walker said the strategy would provide many new opportunities for people living in regional areas.

"Developing the digital economy is integral to making us more prosperous, advancing our economy, creating jobs of the future, attracting investment and improving the lives of all Queenslanders," he said.

"It boosts productivity and innovation, improves services and reduces costs while enabling industry and business to become globally competitive and access new markets and customers."

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the Go Digital Queensland strategy would assist regional Queenslanders to take full advantage of the evolving digital economy.

"The strategy dovetails with the work we have been doing to establish our region as a digital ready and competitive environment that attracts business, promotes economic growth and opportunities, and supports vibrant communities," he said.

"It will not only help improve the lives of our local residents but also help local businesses prosper by providing more export opportunities, more local jobs and better access to medical services via video link."

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