PARTNERSHIPS WITH EMERGING ECONOMIES - INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION
Tuesday 23 November 10:30-12:00 room C2
Emerging economies are rebounding. The Asian economies are strongly recovering, the Latin American countries are stable and the Mediterranean area is more closely linked to the EU than ever before. The countries have a very well developed human potential and the market opportunities are immense.
In order to support cooperation in IST with emerging economies, the Commission is launching new programmes in 1999: the EUMEDIS programme which will support co-operation activities with the Mediterranean Countries and the ASIA IT&C programme which will foster co-operation with Asia. Discussions for further co-operation with Latin America are ongoing, and a successful EU-Latin America Forum on Global Communications was held in June this year. Furthermore arrangements are being made for emerging economies to finance their participation in projects of the IST programme.
Based on their extensive experience the speakers will highlight how co-operation in RTD can be mutually beneficial for the industry and academic world in both the EU and the emerging economies, and which support mechanisms exist to further this co-operation.
Chairperson: R. Chaabouni, Director for Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, Tunisia