Bay of Connections identifies the key strengths and areas of opportunity for the wider region, from both developed and developing sectors.
Bay of Connections is industry-led, with a strong commercial and action focus. Thirteen export-focused sectors have been identified as key contributors to the region’s economy, with sector strategies currently in place for Aquaculture, Forestry and Wood Processing, Freight Logistics, Energy, Maori Economic Development and Rugby Sevens (categorised under Sport and Recreation).
Key sectors are supported by three enabling areas that influence the wider community – tertiary and skills, communications and transport infrastructure. Each is developed by an industry-led group, with membership open to all interested stakeholders.
Sector strategies are informed by data, research, analysis and consultation at a local, regional and national level and are export and globally-focused. They are reviewed and updated every three years.
Each sector has been measured against a set of selected criteria to determine their readiness for engagement in the strategy:
- Regional capability and/or comparative advantage
- Alignment with national sectors that are globally competitive
- Strong sector buy-in and leadership
- Strategy interventions/actions can support transformative growth