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Date: Fri, 02 Jul 1999 11:54:35 -0400
From: "Luis Eliecer Cadenas M." <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: funds for 10 Developing Countries to promote internet
"In his remarks, the Vice President also announced that the United
States will partner with 10 developing countries for the "Internet
for Economic Development", an initiative designed to increase
Internet access and use in developing countries throughout the world.
Those countries are Guatemala, Jamaica, Bulgaria, Egypt, Morocco,
Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, South Africa and Mozambique.
Through this initiative, these countries will collaborate with the
U.S. government, the private sector, multilateral organizations, and
non-profits to help them use electronic-commerce and the Internet as
tools for economic development.
Specifically, the initiative will seek to:
provide regulatory and technical advice and training to assist
countries in creating an attractive, pro-competitive environment
where the Internet can flourish
mobilize multinational organizations, NGOs and the private sector to
help spur the deployment of advanced information infrastructure to
provide e-commerce training to local regulators, entrepreneurs, and
foster the deployment of specific Internet applications such as micro-
e-commerce, telemedicine, distance education and improved access to
The U.S. actively encourages other interested countries to join in
this initiative. This initiative is part of a broad effort by the
U.S. to foster development of the information industry worldwide. In
that regard, the World Trade Organization, on Friday June 25, will
hold a special session addressing sources and needs of
telecommunications technical assistance. This meeting was initiated
by the U.S. in support of developing countries' efforts to reform
regulations in order to promote private investment in
telecommunications and electronic commerce.
The World Bank will be an active partner in the Internet for Economic
Development initiative, supporting various pilot projects in the
In addition, the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI)
has committed to:
give priority to applicants from these countries to participate in
its tuition-free industry/government training courses
invite these countries to participate in special training sessions
focusing on e-commerce and WRC 2000 policy issues.
work with leaders from these countries to shape special training
sessions in year 2000 that specifically meet their needs as they
adopt e-commerce as a tool for economic development.
coordinate special training outreach through USTTI's corporate
members for officials from these countries.
USTTI is a non-profit joint venture between leaders of the U.S.
communications industry and key government officials which provides
tuition free communications training to professionals from the
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