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    ITC Sponsors Pavilion at European Week of Information Technologies


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2001

    Debriefing session with SETI 2001 participants and ITC staff.

    For the second time, ITC promoted IT exporters in developing countries and economies in transition at the European Week of Information Technologies (SETI 2001, Paris, March 2001). The fair attracted over 140,000 professional visitors and more than 1,600 IT exhibitors.

    Participants welcomed this initiative and requested ITC to pursue its efforts in promoting information technologies, with a special effort for LDCs. Developing countries and economies in transition have a clear competitive advantage and benefit from high-level competence in the development of IT products such as software programming, applications development, database management, call centre maintenance, Internet distance-learning,

    multilingual products and translation services.

    The International Pavilion, sponsored by ITC, gathered 13 countries, some of them LDCs (Burkina Faso, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Romania, Senegal and Slovakia), represented by national trade promotion organizations, trade associations and IT exporters. Most made successful business contacts and intend to return for SETI 2002.

    The Centre Français du Commerce Extérieur (the French Foreign Trade Centre), in association with foreign-based French Trade Promotion Officers, attended the fair to establish trade contacts with SETI participants and French IT entreprises. The World Information Technology and Sevices Alliance, the World Trade Center Association, the Pacific Telecommunication Council, l'Union des Chambres de Commerce et d'Industries Françaises à l'Etranger and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) also joined the International Pavilion.

    For information on SETI 2002, contact Bernard Ancel, Chief, ITC Trade Information Section, at tis-alert@intracen.org or visit the Promote iT web site (http://www.tradepromotion.org).