THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
June 1, 2000
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES JORDAN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE INTERNET FOR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Vice President Gore announced today with King Abdullah of Jordan the
inclusion of Jordan in the Administration's Internet for Economic
Development (IED) Initiative, which seeks to maximize digital
opportunities and assist countries in closing the digital divide between
those who have access to information and communication technologies and
those who do not.
As an initial step, the U.S. Agency for International Development has
approved a grant to the Information Technology Association of Jordan to
foster development of Jordan's information technology (IT) industry.
The grant will promote the development of information technology human
resources, education and training, marketing, electronic commerce and
e-government. It also will support public-private sector dialogue to
promote a policy and regulatory environment that helps the private
sector to lead in accelerating the development of Jordan's information
and communication technologies sector.
Jordan's potential in information technology is well recognized;
Jordan's challenge is to develop this expanding industry in ways that
widen the circle of opportunity for its citizens and economy. Inclusion
in the IED Initiative is designed to:
- Provide regulatory and technical assistance and training to create an
attractive, pro-competitive environment where the development of the IT
industry can flourish;
- Foster development of modern electronic commerce policy and
legislation and foster the development of e-government;
- Provide training to local regulators, entrepreneurs, and government
- Foster investment promotion efforts for the IT industry; and
- Assist Jordan in optimizing the telecommunications, transportation,
customs and delivery services networks that facilitate e-commerce.
Jordan will become the 13th country to participate in the Clinton-Gore
Administration's IED Initiative.
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