For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 23, 2002
E-Business Fellowship for the Andean Region
"We will also sponsor the creation of a new Inter-American E-Business
Fellowship Program. This will give young professionals from
throughout the Americas the opportunity to learn about information
technology by spending time with U.S. companies. And it will
empower them with the skills and background to bring the benefits of
these technologies to their own societies."
President George W. Bush
President Bush has directed the U.S.
Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to
partner in the development of the 2002 Inter-American E-Business
Fellowship Program. Twenty Fellows will be offered the
opportunity to participate in this program, which will begin in
September. The Andean region has been identified as a high
priority for participation in this program.
The program builds on the President's
interest in expanding educational exchanges that help develop human
capital in the hemisphere, furthering the Summit of the Americas'
themes of creating prosperity and realizing human potential, and
expanding the benefits of electronic commerce to the region.
Under the program, Fellows receive
hands-on training in the use of information technologies to improve
efficiency and productivity, emphasizing supply chain management and
the integration of information technologies in "back office"
The 2001 pilot program included
participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay,
and Peru and represented a broad range of industries. Bell Helicopter,
Caterpillar Inc, Citicorp, Comshare, Duke Energy, EDS, GE, IBM,
Microsoft, Montgomery Watson, Northrop Grumman, Syneractive, and
Thompson Power Systems hosted the Fellows and shared their vision of
how e-business can transform business processes.
Summit of the Americas
April 21, 2001
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