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ICT Technology Watch Correspondents' services in Japan and the USA

The European Commission has issued an invitations to tender establishing "technology watch" services in Japan and in the USA to support the current activities of analysis of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) industrial and technological evolution.

The two services will collect and analyse information related to ICT in Japan and in the USA and will cover the following areas:
- Public administration initiatives, standardization and public authorities actions, regulations and lobbyists activities;
- Major industrial events and their understanding: mergers, technological agreements and commercial agreements;
- Emerging companies and skills;
- Emerging technologies and their potential applications.

The following five main areas of ICT will be addressed:
- EDP;
- Telecommunications;
- Consumer electronics;
- Software;
- Components.

The selected correspondent:
- Will be able to identify and evaluate the critical stage where technologies are no longer in basic research status but not yet applied in the industrial sector;
- Will have a sound technical background and in-depth knowledge of the industry process to select new technologies;
- Will entertain a good network of connections with various institutes of research, universities and the ICT industrial sector;
- Will have a thorough knowledge of the US or Japanese policy in the fields of technology and industry promotion.

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