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>Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 00:31:34 EDT
>Subject: [ecommerce-discuss] Re: e-commerce training
>To: "ecommerce-discussion" <[log in to unmask]>
> > From: [log in to unmask] (cetech)
> > Hi:
> > I am from one of the digitally poor countries in South East Asia.
> > Since the global trend on doing business is with e-commerce, we
> > need some advise on how we should start the training for the
> > entrepreneurs especially SMEs to get familiar with e-commerce.
> > AThet
> > Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry(UMFCCI),
> > 504-506, Merchant Street, Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar.
> > Tel: 95-1-246459, 95-1-243151, Fax: 95-1-248117.
> > Atten: Mr Pyone Maung Maung
> > Hon. Joint Secretary General.
>Clarification question for us ignorant savages who flunked global geography.
>Is your nation a "new democracy" fairly recently released from the ravages of
>colonial exploitation, corrupt oligarchical dictatorship, ugly civil wars, or
>cold war victims, such that there is widespread inexperience in, and
>understanding for, infrastructures needed to fuel growth of a native middle
>If any of above is true, then your need for growth in e-business education is
>probably part of a larger need for general linking up with the 21st century &
>becoming one of the new tiger economies that we formerly associated with Hong
>Kong, Singapore, and others, which I will not list so as not to broadcast the
>boundaries of my ignorance, before the last boom bust cycle in Asia. You
>probably need to pursue several parallel avenues of how to become a digitally
>rich nation. I suggest you consider inclusion of several areas, some of
>which I can further expand upon if you were formerly unfamiliar with these
>"Partners in Education" is like local business community computer education
>cooperation. Teams of local businesses, sometimes working through their
>Chambers of Commerce, "sponsor" local colleges & secondary schools curriculum
>in state-of-art information technology.
>IBM provides state-of-art hardware to the schools, that are participating in
>PIE, at extremely deep discounts (I would not be surprised if IBM is doing
>this at a loss), and various IBM business partners provide relevant software
>on similar pricing so low that if it wasn't for the fact that it is coming
>directly from the original vendors, you'd think it was stolen.
>IBM throws in tech support & upgrades for free, like improvements to
>operating systems to keep everything state-of-art.
>The teachers attend a two week class at IBM Rochester Minnesota in the
>summer. IBM provides this for free (anyone else must pay thousands of
>dollars for the equivalent education.) ... the teachers only need to pay
>their transportation & lodging while attending IBM University & this is often
>subsidized by businesses in their home communities.
>IBM is not going to do this for any school in the absence of local business
>JA is a deal similar to what IBM is doing, in which groups of local
>businesses donate time from executives to help a temporary business, run by
>students from local schools, usually teenagers & other minors, in which the
>kids do all the work elements of running a business, and the adult advisors
>just make sure they stay within the law & good ethics.
>Perhaps there is a need for something similar to be exported to new
>democracies, where temporary businesses are created as training tools but the
>participants might be adults who have not grown up seeing a middle class all
>Hewlett-Packard has an offer, expiring in a month, to pay up to $5,000.00
>subsidy per business to get them enrolled in the USA Better Business Bureau's
><< bbb.org >> OnLine Privacy Seal Program. This may not be available
>outside the USA. I do not know the whole story.
>Many multi-national companies have deals like this ... You might want to
>check with the embassies of various nations & ask UN representatives to seek
>out additional programs of this nature that your nation might benefit from.
>SISTER CITIES is an arrangement whereby a special relationship is
>established between communities of comparable size around the world to learn
>from each other across a broad spectrum of specialties. Sometimes a sister
>"city" might be a suburb of a larger metropolis, such as Tokyo Japan. I have
>lived in several such cities in my life. We get to see cultural exhibits
>from our sister city, executives from similar industries trade techniques,
>various city services such as police & ambulance have personnel visiting each
>other to learn from others.
>You probably can bypass a chunk of the Industrial Revolution's waste of eco
>systems to applying subsequent learning, unless former absentee landlord
>leadership left some legacy like the mess in Eastern Europe ... I am thinking
>local wireless areas linked by broad phone line capacity to other wireless
>areas probably do not require as much investment as tearing up what we have
>to replace it with something better.
>I personally believe the Georgist Philosophy is as superior to Keyesian
>Economies as that is to Marxism, but that nuance, of how to marry productive
>economies with preserving the natural world, may be too esoteric for this
>The world seems to have moved to cultural partnerships where entrepreneurs can
>start as the local representatives of some established multi-national
>conglomerate, then apply what they have learned to unique opportunities in
>their home land.
>There needs to be legal support for white collar enterprises ... as your
>economy evolves there will be new opportunities, that were not imagined by
>former law makers, so you may wish to model a rethinking of your contract law
>based on older markets.
>There also may need to be new institutions of cross-national learning.
>Consider a business sponsored adult exchange student program. Traditionally
>exchange students are college and secondary school enrollees who spend a year
>in another nation, trading places with counter parts, including living with
>host families. But as the years roll by after leaving college, the world
>changes so rapidly as to invalidate learning in our youth.
>My notion would be that folks who wish to improve business ties with nation-X
>would arrange similarly for an exchange of adult personnel temporarily.
>Academia has a long tradition of this sort of thing within national borders,
>such as Sabbatical (Professors) & Co-Op (Engineering students). It may need
>some adjustments to laws governing foreign workers.
>There is such a thing as distance learning, where students are in one
>community many many miles from the University. We have cable TV channels
>devoted to College Courses - classes can be taped - we send in our class
>assignments by mail or e-mail & eventually get a diploma. For example, check
>out www.kw.edu - however this is not an ideal type solution because it means
>cash flow from your students to the University in some Western nation. The
>ideal solution has a balance of trade as you tool up your knowledge workers
>to become truly competitive.
>There's a lot of different ideas to pursue in this posting by me & I do not
>know in all cases the best place to go after each, but good starting points
>would be the United Nations, and the Small Business Administration of the
Patrick O'Beirne B.Sc. M.A. FICS. Software consultant
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