Global IT Alliance Inducts Three New Members

March 31, 1999

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Bob Cohen
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Tinabeth Burton
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Vienna, VA - The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) today announced the induction of three new member associations from Hong Kong, Lithuania and Portugal, bringing the total number of members to 38. The new inductees are the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF); Association of Lithuania's Information Technology, Telecommunications and Office Equipment (INFOBALT); and the Portuguese Information Technology and Communication Association (APESI).

"WITSA has become the global voice of the IT industry. Today"s inductees show the growing strength and effectiveness of WITSA and its members. We are pleased to have our newest members from Hong Kong, Lithuania and Portugal active in planning and policy initiatives WITSA endorses," said Harris Miller, the President of WITSA and of its American member, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). He added that attracting membership from Asia and Europe bears witness to the growing influence of WITSA on global issues

WITSA members convened last week in Taipei to outline their public policy priorities for the next six months. Among the top issues for the global industry group are the next round of international trade negotiations, which are slated to get underway in the World Trade Organization in 2000. The group has also agreed to continue to provide policy-makers around the world with reliable data on the size and impact of the global information, communications technology (ICT) market. Earlier this year WITSA released the first ever comprehensive study of the global economic impact of the ICT market, which it valued at nearly U.S. $2 trillion.

While in Taipei, the group also unveiled plans to conduct a survey on global electronic commerce. This month"s WITSA conference in Taipei brought together members in a prelude to WITSA"s Global Public Policy Conference in Argentina on September 27-28, 1999 and the 2000 World Congress on Information Technology in Taipei.

WITSA is a consortium of 38 information technology (IT) industry associations from economies around the world. As the global voice of the IT industry, WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; strengthening WITSA's national industry associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information; providing members with a vast network of contacts in nearly every geographic region of the world; and hosting the World Congress on IT, the only industry sponsored global IT event. Founded in 1978 and originally known as the World Computing Services Industry Association, WITSA has increasingly assumed an active advocacy role in international public policy issues affecting the creation of a robust global information infrastructure.

ITAA, the U.S. member of WITSA, consists of 11,000 direct and affiliate members throughout the U.S. which produce products and services in the IT industry. The association plays a leading role in public policy issues of concern to the IT industry, including taxes and finance policy, intellectual property, critical infrastructure protection, telecommunications law, encryption, securities litigation reform, and human resources policy. ITAA members range from the smallest IT start ups to industry leaders in the software, services, systems integration, telecommunications, Internet, and computer consulting fields. Learn more about ITAA and its positions on the issues by connecting to its web site at http://www.itaa.org.

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