Seven IT trade groups have joined together to form the Confederation of IT Trade Associations (Citta), after the DTI refused to deal with more than one organisation from the industry.
The organisation was forced together after member associations found themselves unable to get the level of attention they felt they deserved.
According to a source at Citta, the DTI had originally seen the Federation of Electronics Industries (FEI) as the main body, although its skills lay in the electronics industry and it failed to demonstrate computer industry knowledge.
?Various trade associations grew up because of different needs within the TI industry,? he said. ?But because of their size, the individual views were not receiving the depth of attention that they needed from government bodies.?
Keith Warburton, executive director of the Personal Computer Association (PCA), one of Citta?s seven founder associations, said: ?As a group, the various trade associations can more effectively represent the whole industry. While we still retain our separate identities, we can come together to fight important issues.?
Citta?s first action last week was to condemn a draft EU directive which could force computer suppliers to give full refunds a year after sale or prove goods are not faulty. The PCA was one of the organisations to give evidence to the DTI and the House of Lords select committee on the proposals (PC Dealer, 29 January).
Citta will be chaired by Rob Wirszycz of the Computing Services and Software Association. The Computing Suppliers Federation will provide the secretariat.
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