THE WHITE HOUSE
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 24, 2000
In remarks today before representatives of Indian and American information technology companies in Hyderabad, India, President Clinton will announce the inclusion of India in his Internet for Economic Development Initiative (IED), which seeks to help countries close the digital divide between those who have access to information and communications technologies and those who do not. The U.S. Agency for International Development will launch a $5 million, five-year Rural Information Technology Expansion effort to help India utilize the Internet to promote equitable access in under-served rural areas to health and education resources, electronic commerce, and government services. The program will also help promote a policy and regulatory environment to accelerate the growth of India's information and communication technologies sector.
India's potential in information and communication technology is well recognized; India's challenge is to harness these tools for the development of its citizens. The new AID assistance will:
Other countries currently included in the Internet for Economic Development Initiative are: Guatemala, Jamaica, Bulgaria, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, South Africa, and Mozambique. These nations are collaborating with the U.S. government, the private sector, multilateral organizations, and non-profits to help them use electronic commerce and the Internet as tools for economic development.
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