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    ITC Sponsors Participants at SETI 2002


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2002

    Consortium of Senegalese information and communication technology firms introducing their products and services to SETI visitors at ITC's stand.

    For the third year, ITC helped information technology (IT) firms from developing countries and economies in transition to participate in the European Week of Information Technologies (SETI 2002, Paris, March 2002). This international event, regrouping 12 trade fairs for the IT industry, attracts over 145,000 professional visitors and more than 1,500 exhibitors from numerous countries.

    ITC co-organized an International Pavilion to sponsor participants from ten developing countries - some of them least developed countries - and economies in transition (Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Hungary, Mauritius, Morocco, the Philippines, Romania, Senegal, Tunisia and Turkey). Country delegations included over 35 firms, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as representatives of national trade promotion organizations and trade associations.

    Most companies made successful contacts and intend to return to SETI 2003. Developing and transition economies were able to demonstrate their competitive advantages in a number of IT services, such as Internet distance learning, electronic publishing in several languages, software development, CD-ROM production, database management and call centre operations. Participants welcomed ITC's support before and during the event and recommended that they pursue this effort in coming years.

    Other organizations at SETI 2002 supporting the development of IT services were the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, the World Trade Centers Association and the Union des Chambres de Commerce et d'Industrie Françaises à l'Etranger (the union of French chambers of commerce and industry abroad). The organizers of SETI 2002, Groupe Solutions, assisted with logistics equipment for the International Pavilion for the third year, providing affordable prices for developing country participants.

    For more information on SETI 2002 or for information about participating in SETI 2003, contact ITC's Trade Information Section (tis-alert@intracen.org) or visit the Promote iT web site (http://www.tradepromotion.org).