Magazine article International Trade Forum

Business Round Table on IT Prospects in Central and Eastern Europe

Magazine article International Trade Forum

Business Round Table on IT Prospects in Central and Eastern Europe

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ITC joined with the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Relations and Development and WTO to hold a regional business round table on International Market Prospects for Information Technology Industries (Portorose, November 2000).

Continued growth in the information technology (IT industry is fuelling demand for skilled IT technicians and managers. Global market leaders are looking to the pool of skilled professionals with established production bases in Central and East Europe to enhance their supply potential and serve as partners for local integration.

The event attracted 76 participants from 14 countries in the region. They included government policymakers, national trade association officials and business executives. They were joined by government officials from India and the Philippines, as well as representatives of Oracle, Siemens, MCI Worldcom, Olivetti Lexicon and Ericsson.

They left with a better understanding of the rules-based business environment and the WTO Agreements on Information Technology. Conclusions that emerged included recommendations to governments to create an IT-friendly trade environment, encourage matchmaking between SMEs and multinationals and actively pursue regional cooperation projects. …

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