G8 plan will create new IT jobs



Keith Nuthall

Job opportunities in developing countries are likely to be in the pipeline, following the announcement of a $15bn (£9bn)...



Keith Nuthall

Job opportunities in developing countries are likely to be in the pipeline, following the announcement of a $15bn (£9bn) programme to spread the use and knowledge of IT in poor countries at the G8 summit meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations, held in Japan last week.

Heads of government, who attended the summit, broadly welcomed the scheme, which would see the Japanese government finding the money to span the "digital divide", in particular by creating so-called core-IT centres, which would promote computer training and the setting up of Internet infrastructure.

Japan said it would be prepared to set up 30 of these centres in developing countries "as the first phase in this endeavour". It plans to establish network connections between the new core-IT units and related international initiatives, such as the World Bank's global distance learning programmes.

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