Govt pays tribute to foreign-owned IT giants

Govt pays tribute to foreign-owned IT giants

Four global IT companies have been recognised by the Australian Government for "services to the industry". American Power Conversion (APC), Cisco, Minolta and Philips were given an official slap on the back by DCITA Minister Senator Richard Alston earlier this month.

A ministerial spokesman said the Certificates of Recognition had been awarded for contributions to Australian exporting, employment, industry research, development and training.

"It's more tangible than saying nice things about them," said the DCITA spokesman, before going on to say nice things about them.

APC was commended for centralising its Asia-Pacific operations in Sydney, yet it is hardly the first overseas player to do so. It has also expanded its presence in Melbourne as well as opening offices in Perth and Brisbane.

Minister Alston got the congratulatory ball rolling by presenting Cisco with a framed certificate for "demonstrating a strong commitment to developing local expertise by establishing a program to address a long-term skills shortage in computer networking skills".

Minolta also received the accolade for "showing a strong ongoing commitment to developing and supporting Australian expertise", followed by Philips for its "significant industry developments in components and semiconductors, regional IT services projects and several other initiatives".

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