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New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is heading to London to take part in a major international Parliamentary conference on national security from 27-31 March.

Mr Young and up to 40 other parliamentary delegations from across the world will build on their knowledge and expertise to ensure how defence and security strategies protect their citizens from the growing threats of terrorism and cybercrime.

The conference will explore issues including peacekeeping and international intervention, and cybersecurity: privacy vs protection.

Hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK), on behalf of the UK Parliament, the conference will bring together over 90 international parliamentarians to discuss ways to improve their national security and cybersecurity capabilities.

“National security is an important issue to New Zealand and across the globe,” Mr Young says.
 
“It is the duty of parliamentarians to understand the issues and take a proactive role in strengthening national security processes.
 
“I look forward to taking part in this important international conference and to share experiences and good practice with parliamentarians from other nations,” Mr Young says.

“Cyber security is also a critical issue in the digital age we live in. In the cyber world, there are no boundaries and so every country has economic risk to consider. In my capacity as Parliamentary Private Secretary for Economic Development, I want to be aware of the risks cyber-crime is to our economy.

While in the UK, Mr Young will also meet with the Chief Executive of the ‘Big Innovation Centre’ as well as attending a session with the All-Party Group of UK MP’s on artificial intelligence, to observe how technology is advancing every sphere of community and economic activity in the UK. He will also meet representatives from the Creative Industries Federation while in London.

Mr Young says he is keen to see a knowledge and innovation hub established in his home city of New Plymouth to aid economic growth in the region, so those observations will help him understand the potential of digital technology for the Taranaki region.

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