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Brazil, UNCTAD sign agreement on free and open-source software       Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 21, 2006]  TUNIS, Tunisia -- Gilberto Gil, minister of culture of Brazil, and Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, signed a memorandum of understanding Nov. 16 to support the promotion of free and open-source software. The signing took place at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.

The signing ceremony was followed by an advisory session for Portuguese-speaking delegations attending the summit and included one-on-one consultations with international experts on free and open-source software.

The aim of the agreement signed is to improve training and education in the use of free and open-source software, which has been found to be very helpful for closing the "digital divide" in computer-based technology between developing and industrialized nations. But reaping the benefits of this software requires that developing countries have sufficient expertise to use the software effectively. The agreement between Brazil and UNCTAD is intended to help extend this expertise to Portuguese-speaking nations with the help of training experts and by sharing relevant training materials and resources.

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