Pune, Sept 5, 1998
The Sri Lankan delegate
Mr. Loku Hapu Arachchige Wasantha, senior analyst programmer,
Central Bank, Sri Lanka, said, "The IT meet was an eye
opener in that it exposed the lesser advanced SAARC
countries to the rapidly developing range of IT products
not only in English but also in some of the regional
He said since India
had taken a tremendous leap in developing softwares
in multilingual information technologies, it should
share its resources and expertise with SAARC member
countries for their national development.
"Once joint ventures
are set up in SAARC nations in researching and developing
IT software for regional application, we can easily
compete with the Americans and the Europeans", Mr. Wasantha
said, adding that profits generated could be ploughed
back to IT research to venture into other areas.
Mr. Mohammed Mijawar
Rehman, programmer, Ministry of Science and Technology,
Bangladesh, said since the SAARC nations had common
culture and heritage with a strong shared vision to
deploy M/M IT for national development, the software
products and know-how developed in the SAARC countries
should be shared with one another.
Pointing out that the
IT meet was timely with IT multinationals making inroads
by producing software packages in Asian languages, he
said IT experts from SAARC nations should be given incentives
to provide IT solutions "We are looking forward to joint
partnership from India and Pakistan to set up IT centres
in Bangladesh to train our young and vast manpower",
Mr. Rehman said, adding that if India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh come together in developing IT software products,
it would emerge as IT super power in the world.
Mr. Jigme Lhendup,
proprietor of Druk Information Technology, Bhutan, with
a turnover of Rs. 2 million, said the conference was
a great help for SAARC countries, especially Bhutan
with a mere six lakhs population.
"If more M/M IT software
packages are made available to us then it would speed
up our work as we face shortage of personnel in our
country", he said, pointing out that the conference
was an high-tech affair.
Mr. Lhendup said the
Government of Bhutan was starting a degree course in
computer science at the only Sherabtse College in east
Bhutan from next academic year and collaboration in
IT products between India and Bhutan would go a long
way in making the country computer literate.
Mr. Patrick A V Hall,
professor of Computer Science, Computing Department,
The Open University, UK, and a special invitee at the
conference, said, "It was astonishing that so much was
happening in IT industry among SAARC nations and clearly
India has taken a great lead in producing multimedia
and multilingual information technology solutions which
is very useful for the neighboring countries."
He said the IT meet
demonstrated that the SAARC nations were in the right
direction by seriously focusing on investing in the
IT industry which would be increasingly dominated by
major IT multinationals trying to take a large chunk
of the IT cake from SAARC nations.