First of all guys..fight nice...just because you do not like someone's
exercise of free speech, don't feel you have to censor it. Just keep
the fights private so we all do not have to download the messages.
And I did read those trip reports, and knowing what consultant rate
levels I was always asked to approve when I worked at USAID (yes I will
put a disclaimer that I used to work there), I am glad I didn't pay for
the "depth" of information that was included in those reports. Heck, my
daughter could have submitted a school report with the same level of
information and we'd be rich!
On the other hand, countries tend to self-destruct without any outside
help from consultants or others. All you have to do is look at the
Eastern Caribbean Region and their licensed monopolies with Cable and
Wireless (C&W) to know that although improvements would be in the best
interest of their people, they will not allow competition in their
nations. And don't even ask C&W about peoples privacy when they post
all customers e-mail addresses on the Internet even when a customer has
given explicit instructions not to...
I know of a number of companies who have chosen not to set up shop in
that region because of the outrageous prices charged by C&W for
something as simple as a dedicated 9600 Baud connection.
With that said, the ITU Conference in Malta ended a couple of days ago.
The Press Release "ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference
adopts Valletta Action Plan With Series Of Bold Measures To Improve
Access To Telecommunications Worldwide" and related links are posted to
the IDN web site at http://www.idn.org/.
Director, International Development Network
Information Resources for Sustainable Development
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