Turkey Wants to Create $9 Billion Informatics Industry
(Zaman) - CeBIT Eurasia Informatics gave both techies and businessmen a glimpse into the future of informatics, the science and practice of information processing, and its future prospects for Turkey on Tuesday, reports Trend.
An informatics summit fair to discuss competitive power was held as part of the 6th Annual Istanbul Technology export.
The significance of globalism has changed as it becomes less and less localized or regional, said Turkeys Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener.
Information is an essential requirement to secure a position of power in a global world, said Sener, Turkey predicts the expenditure toward informatics will reach $9 billion by 2010. The e-transformation project is expected to advance the country as a society of informatics.
Efforts are already underway to push Turkeys rate of computer ownership to 51 percent, and the rate of personal Internet usage to 48 percent, Sener said.
The aim is to fully computerize 95 percent of companies in various business sectors, such as tourism, the automotive industry, agriculture and textiles; and to have 70 percent broadband internet access. In addition, we want to see 15 percent of all business transactions done online, Sener said.
Government offices will also undergo this e-transformation, said Sener, and added that the government aims at making 70 percent of all public services available online, to achieve an 80 percent satisfaction rate with these services.
During the Cold War, a countrys power had been determined by its enemies, but nowadays a countrys power is measured by its allies, he said. The question is where we are in terms of globalism. There is no way to become powerful without forming friendly relations with other countries.
Sener added that not only officials from private companies or the government had to ask themselves this question; individuals should ask themselves the same question, adding that success in selling high-quality products at lower prices on a global scale depended on cooperation on the global scale as well.
A perfect example of this is in the U.S. where hospitals work in cooperation with international hospitals from other countries such as Australia or India in order to maintain efficient services outside normal working hours. For example if someone requires emergency treatment after hours, the results of their examination are sent for analysis online to another hospital through the use of a broadband Internet connection. The patients results can therefore be analyzed before they leave the hospital.
Istanbul is fast moving toward a point when it will become a center of technology, said Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas.
Istanbul will become the capital of informatics for Europe and Asia. Were aiming at creating an e-Istanbul. We want to let the citys residents to have online access to a wide range of information on a wide variety of topics, from vegetable prices to bus schedules.
The CeBIT technology expo will remain open until Sept. 10 and will host a total of 900 companies from 19 different countries.