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Germany launches ICT action plan

The German Federal Cabinet has approved the 'information society Germany 2006' action plan, intended to strengthen the country's information and communication technology (ICT) capacity. The plan sets Germany the ambitious targets of ensuring that 75 per cent of the population...

The German Federal Cabinet has approved the 'information society Germany 2006' action plan, intended to strengthen the country's information and communication technology (ICT) capacity. The plan sets Germany the ambitious targets of ensuring that 75 per cent of the population aged 14 years and over use the Internet by 2005, and making all public government documents available electronically. Welcoming the move, Germany's Minister for Education and Research, Edelgard Bulmahn, highlighted the key role that she considers ICT to play in increasing growth and competitiveness. 'Innovation in the field of information and communication means new and secure jobs,' said Ms Bulmahn. 'With the action plan we have set out the conditions which should ensure that Germany builds further upon its role as a leading high tech site.'

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