IT products needed to liberalise regional industry
Sarawak Tribune - Sunday, 1 December, 2002
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- Asia Pacific Information Technology (IT) ministers have agreed that the
reduction in taxes for related products and services were needed to
liberalise the industry in the region.
was recognised during discussions between IT ministers and representatives
from the private sectors of each member country at the ongoing Asian
Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), general assembly &
vice-president, Wilson Tan, who is a delegate at the three-day which
started on Nov 28, 2002, said other ingredients to liberalise regional IT
was the free movement of IT talents between member countries.
ASOCIO is recognised as the international representative body of the
computing industry in the Asia Pacific region.
20 country members and five guest members, Its main objectives are to
promote, encourage, and foster trade and investment between its members.
said that further discussions to work on recommendations and policies
between government regulators to implement the proposal for tax reductions
and free movement of IT talents is expected to take place the earliest by
the discussions so far, there is strong support for an international
certification that recognise IT qualification across each member countries
in the Asia Pacific region," he told Bernama in interview here
said Japan and Singapore have both already signed free trade agreements to
allow movement of IT talents between their countries while most countries
in the Asia Pacific region still have in place some form of barriers in
terms of movement of IT talents.
for the reduction in taxes, Tan said this refers to the reduction in
import duties and withholding taxes to enable IT products such as software
and hardware as well as services to be cheaper or cost effective.