Azerbaijan, Belarus to launch ICT working group

Aug 17, 2010 (Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Azerbaijan and Belarus will discuss bilateral cooperation in the ICT sector at this year's BakuTel International Information and Communication Technologies Exhibition in Baku.

The sides will also discuss establishing an ICT bilateral cooperation working group, Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry Scientific Capacity and Strategic Planning Department Director Isfandiyar Aliyev told Trend. The group's first meeting will be held in early 2011.

Azerbaijan has presented a list of its proposed working group members to Belarus. Belarus is expected to present a similar list to the Azerbaijani side.

The working group will be engaged in forming bilateral relations and cooperation in e-government, developing an information society, creating joint ICT ventures and enhancing their development on domestic markets, training and establishing technology parks.

Aliyev added that Belarus' experience could also be used in the creation of regional innovation zones in Azerbaijan.

"The government has already submitted a proposal to create a regional innovation zone in Azerbaijan for review. We believe the document may be tabled in the fall," Aliyev said.

The regional innovation zone envisages establishing technology parks for small- and medium-sized innovative businesses, creating a regional base to produce and export electronic hardware and software, turning the country into a transit information center, and introducing information technologies in different industries.


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