Country Reports

The following is an interview with Minister Montasser Ouaili of Tunisia's Ministery of Information and Communication (MIC) -- Ed.

Q: Please state the comprehensive competitiveness of Tunisia in the international IT industry among African countries?

by Khakim Mukhitdinov

General Director of JSC Uzbektelecom

The paramount task for harmonic development of each state is to secure reliable international, long-distance and local telecommunication channels. Since Uzbekistan became independent in 1991 the priority goals in development of communications systems have been defined as radical improvement and development of telecommunication networks according to requirements of independent state.

Germany is proud to represent one of the leading IT sectors in the world economy.

Q: Please state the significance of the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, which took place in the first week of October this year.

Saudi Arabia remains both a strong driver and an exemplar of the wider regional IT market, with strong growth in both computer sales and associated services led by high oil prices and strong spending in such lead sectors as banking and telecommunications.

Smaller companies, however, are realizing the need to streamline business operations to achieve efficiencies in such areas as finance and logistics, as well as marketing and other functions. The context is a business environment that is becoming increasingly competitive and open.

According to the outside sources, the government of Libya launched an initiative to develop a Libya Information Infrastructure (LII) through an incremental, practical, and priority-driven collaborative approach that will involve cooperation across a wide range of agencies and sectors.

The Libya Information Infrastructure (LII) is conceived as a national initiative to harmonize, integrate and optimize the development and sharing of fundamental geographical and statistical information across all government agencies and institutions.

Q: What is the significance of Egypt's Revolution Day?

Q: Please state the significance of the anniversary of the accession to the throne of H.M. King Mohamed VI.

The Embassy of Italy is indeed very pleased to send this message to the Korea IT Times on the occasion of the 2007 Italian National Day on June 2nd, 1946. This is a day particularly important for our Embassy in Seoul, being a day of celebration of the excellent relationship between Italy and Korea.

In this message I'm pleased to enhance the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) status of R&D and its industrial scenario in Italy and the relevant links existing between the two Countries.

May 9, or Europe Day, is the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Speaking in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, then Foreign Minister of France, proposed a new form of political arrangement for Europe, whose aim was to make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.

In succession to the naming of Dole Food Co., Inc. as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies in 2007, Dole Korea, a subsidiary of Dole Food has won the Grand Prize in Consumer Trust Awards 2007 as the company trusted the most by Korean consumers.

What this signifies is that Dole Korea is now firmly rooted in the Korean market as a food supplier that has won consumers' deep trust in parallel with the company's founding motto of "quality first, quality second, and quality third."

Q: Please state the significance of the Independence Day of the Philippines on June 12.

A: The National Day commemorates our independence from Spanish colonial rule. General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Republic of the Philippines, declared independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 after more than three centuries of colonization.

Q: What is your opinion regarding mutual IT cooperation between the two countries which could be explored in the coming years?

The government of Ghana has pursued an agenda for positive change since 2000 which has succeeded in laying a firm foundation for steady economic growth.

The five priority areas chosen for development are infrastructural development, modernized agriculture, enhanced social services with emphasis on education and health, ICT development and good governance.

Q: Please state the significance of Ghana's 50th Independence Anniversary.

A: The Golden Jubilee or fifty years is an enviable age and Ghanaians must be proud of it and celebrate this occasion in a grand style.

The Anniversary has become one of the most recognized historic landmarks in many societies and cultures across the country. It is very evident that looking at Ghana's past and its present attempts at recovery, the Golden Jubilee offers a great opportunity to reflect on our national vision and objectives at independence.

India Tourism Tokyo's Korean language web site -- -- won first prize in the Information Service, Travel Guidance section of the 7th Korea Web Awards. The Hankook Ilbo hosted the awards ceremony which was sponsored by the Ministry of Information and Communication, Small and Medium Business Administration, Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency, Korea Institute of Design Promotion and Korea Internet Company Association. This is the second year that the awards have been held.

Country Report / Poland IT Poland offers advantages its neighbors cannot On the occasion of Poland Independence Day on Nov. 11, the Korea IT Times had an interview with Urszula Raznowiecka, Charge d'Affaires a.i., Embassy of the Republic of Poland, focusing on Poland IT industry. -- Ed. Q: Please describe the relative importance of IT industry for the economy of Poland. The IT industry belongs currently to the fastest growing sectors of the Polish economy with over 2 times higher growth rate than annual growth of Polish GDP.
Country Report / Austria Comments on the occasion of Austria's National Day Austria makes a consistent contribution to translating the principles of international cooperation into practice: as host country to the only UN headquarters within the European Union, as President of the European Union in the first semester of 2006, and as a venue for the dialogue of religions and cultures. Our bilateral political relations are free of problems and bilateral economic relations are developing with an enormous speed.
Country Report / Czech Republic . Growing Hub of Europe With the rapid growth of free enterprise in the Czech Republic has come the rapid growth of mobile communication. According to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook in 2004 the country was ranked 8th in market penetration of mobile phones, with around 84% of the population owning a mobile phone. Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Korea Tomas Smetanka added to this by saying, "Now you have in the Czech Republic more mobile phones than people.
Country Report / Singapore IE Singapore offers '3C' framework of assistance in over 35 locations worldwide The following article was provided by Mr. Christopher Chen, Center Director, International Enterprise Singapore/1st Secreatary(Commercial), Singapore Embassy in Seoul....
Country Report / Pakistan Iam grateful to the Korea IT Times for giving me this opportunity to share my views with its readers. In the last few years, Pakistan has witnessed tremendous growth in the field of information technology and telecommunication. The IT sector is registering growth of 30% every year. This is evident from the launch of new fixed and cellular services. Pakistan's cellular sector has grown by 173% in recent years, registering revenue growth of 55%.
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