31/01/2002

Minister launches IT and Telecoms Show at Belfast Odyssey

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Sir Reg Empey has launched the 2002 IT and Telecoms Show at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

The IT show, which kicked off on Thursday January 31, also saw the launch of fourth annual UK Online for Business/Interforum e-Commerce Awards which are sponsored by The Information Age Initiative and IRTU.

Speaking on Thursday Sir Reg said: “Today’s customers, whether local or international, require e-commerce and ICT solutions which are truly at the cutting edge. This show is an important event in the Northern Ireland business calendar and its themes are the core information age priorities of business IT, telecoms and e-commerce.

“It provides an excellent opportunity for high tech businesses to showcase their products and services to the wider business community."

Introducing this year’s UK Online for Business/Interforum e-Commerce Awards, the Minister said: “E-commerce is one of the driving forces for future growth. Increasingly, its use in both public and private sectors is boosting Northern Ireland’s competitiveness.

“The e-Commerce Awards reward those organisations that are blazing the trail in this area. Our local companies have done very well in these national awards, and I encourage all companies to enter this prestigious competition.”

DETI agencies IRTU, LEDU, IDB and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board are also exhibiting at the Show on the Information Age Initiative stand.

The UK Online for Business/Interforum e-Commerce Awards are a DTI-led partnership between government and industry to encourage the use of ICT in business.

The Awards are organised on a regional basis with Northern Ireland entries being judged locally.

Each regional category winner will be awarded a cash prize of £2,000 and the winners go on to the national competition where category winners will receive £8,000.

The overall national winner will receive an award of £30,000. (AMcE)

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