OECD sees future of developing countries in open telecoms

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  • From: "Irfan Khan" <KhanIA@super.net.pk>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 10:27:52 +0500
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    • 29th November 2000   
      OECD sees future of developing countries in open telecoms 
      Developing countries must free up telecommunications and encourage 
      foreign investment if they want to catch up in the internet race, 
      according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and 
      Development (OECD).
      The OECD is planning to drum its message home at a special conference 
      in Dubai next year. In an exclusive interview, Risaburo Nezu, 
      director of science, technology and industry, told silicon.com that 
      business and government delegates from over 30 developing countries 
      will be advised that handouts from rich nations will not solve the 
      Nezu said: "Our message will be that there is a need for an open, 
      predictable and transparent telecommunications market and also a need 
      to have open, free foreign investment regimes. If those two things 
      are ensured, I think the business follows."
      The OECD aims to provide governments with a setting in which to 
      discuss, develop economic and social policy. Over the last few years 
      it has pushed hard to free up the telecoms sector in its members 
      states, which include Australia, Japan, the US and most European 
      But despite the progress, Nezu admitted deregulation hasn't gone far 
      enough. "There's still a long way to go - there's a lot more for 
      governments, telecoms companies and internet service providers to do 
      in order to diversify and improve their services."
      According to Nezu, the role of the government is to create an 
      environment for businesses to use information technology with 
      freedom. This involves open trade systems, clear and less burdensome 
      tax regimes and competitive, open telecoms, he said.
      And despite the OECD's less-than-global membership, Nezu is convinced 
      it can still play a significant role in ecommerce development. 
      "Ninety nine per cent of ecommerce takes place in OECD countries," he 
      claimed. "We've never felt we are constrained by having only 30 
      member countries."