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Donald Gelling head of E-Business 1 September 2003

The Treasury has announced that Treasury Member, Donald Gelling MLC, who already has delegated responsibility for Isle of Man Finance, is to take on delegated political responsibility for the E-Business Division of the Department.

The E-Commerce Division of the Chief Secretary's Office transferred to the Treasury on the 1st April and has recently relocated to co-locate alongside Isle of Man Finance, headed up by Jane Dellar on the second floor of Illiam Dhone House in Circular Road.

In announcing the appointment Treasury Minister Allan Bell said that

"Mr Gelling had been responsible for setting up the e-commerce initiative when he was Chief Minister, I thought he would be the most appropriate Member to take on delegated political responsibility, now that the Division has become part of Treasury".

Responding to his appointment, Donald Gelling said

"I am delighted to have been given responsibility for such a crucial area of our economy. It will be vital to the Island's future economic well being for us to attrat new e-businesses to our shores and to ensure that our existing business base becomes e-enabled to ensure that it remains competitive".

Change in name from E-Commerce Division to E-Business Division reflects the fact that over the past three years, e-commerce is now less of a distinct sector in its own right and instead has become integrated into most areas of economic activity.

There are a series of e-business developments about to be announced in more detail and these include:

  • The results of the Charteris 3 Year E-Business Strategy Review
  • The results of the Digital Divide Review
  • A cross-sectoral e-business survey
  • A broadband strategy for the Isle of Man
Commenting on the changes, E-Business Director Tim Craine said that

"I feel very positive about the recent changes and as the Charteris 3 Year Strategy Review will confirm when released, the Isle of Man is now ahead of most of the competition and is well placed to capitalise on e-business opportunities because of its state of the art telecommunications infrastructure, legislation, taxation, financial assistance schemes, education and training programmes and resultant IT literate workforce".

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