Governor reappoints Industry Advocate
Last month, His Excellency the Governor approved the reappointment of the Industry Advocate. This provides certainty for the Office of the Industry Advocate securing continued leadership for another three years.
This is particularly important as industry participation associated with government contracts will play a key part in rebuilding the State’s economy following the devastating impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a case to act now to improve the immediate impacts but in the long run, there is a need to redesign the supply chains of government funded projects where increased resilience is a key design factor.
Of course, resilience in our supply chains can be achieved in many ways from diversifying the supplier base, to utilising innovation and technology to improve productivity. Some may view this as an issue for industry alone but the public sector will play a critical role.
Long-term strategies are needed for national, state, regional and local economies if they are to recover quickly from this crisis. In preparing strategies, we must not be afraid of change or to do things differently. Many things we were used to will not go back to the way they were, and we must learn from the experiences and innovation gained in doing things differently as government, business and industry work our way through the crisis.