The role and value of research and innovation in the Northern Territory economy and community has long been recognised by the Northern Territory Government.
Thatâs why my Governmentâs Territory 2030 Plan includes a clear path forward to harness and further expand our focus on research and innovation.
The fact that economic growth in the Northern Territory is above the national average owes much to the capacity of entrepreneurs, innovative businesses and researchers across the private and public sectors to find to find new ways of delivering products and services despite the restrictions posed by harsh tropical and desert environments, vast distance and remoteness.
As we work to shape an increasingly innovation-driven economy, success â increased productivity and a growing workforce - will in large part be reliant on the capacity of North Territory Government departments, our counterparts in the Australian Government and local government, and the private sector to jointly solve business problems, plot new goods, services, strategies and process to lift innovation activity and capability in Territory workplaces.
Given our relatively small population and our vast and diverse landscape, the Northern Territory Government does not underestimate the challenges that we face. The Government, in acknowledging the clear link between innovation and productivity, will do all it can to increase engagement between the Territoryâs research sectors and small and medium size business enterprises, facilitate interaction across industry sectors, link young entrepreneurs and innovative businesses and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Territory schools.
The Northern Territory, Australiaâs smallest jurisdiction in terms of population, currently punches well above its weight when it comes to finding innovative solutions to problems faced by Territory businesses and undertaking groundbreaking research in tropical and desert environments
The 2010 Australian Innovation Festival provides an ideal opportunity for businesses, research institutes, educational institutes and individuals to come together, share ideas, network and learn from each other.
I wish the 2010 Festival every success in its 9th year.
Hon Paul Henderson MLA
Northern Territory Government