Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend S.Babayeva / The Azerbaijan Government is interested in the development of information technology, and has declared IT development as its priority, said Bill Gates, the Chairman of the Managing Board of the world biggest software manufacturing company, during a video presentation on 21 November at the opening of the 13th International Exhibition and Conference on 'Telecommunications and Information Technologies BakuTel 2007'.
"I see how the Azerbaijani Government is interested in the development of its IT sector and we are interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in this field," said Gates, whose assets are estimated at approximately $60bln.
Approximately thirty percent of the participants in BakuTel 2007 were Azerbaijani companies. This year, 142 companies from 25 different countries participated in the show and the venue was extended by fifteen percent compared to the previous year. Twenty-seven percent of the companies participating in the exhibition were entering the market for the first time.
Included within the agenda of the exhibition was a conference on 'regional innovation zones: problems and solutions', which were directed at intensifying the implementation of a project to create technical business parks in Azerbaijan.