Bulgaria News Briefs: Pact Plan Customs System

Sofia (07/31/2000) - Bulgaria submitted five high-tech projects to the Stability Pact, a forum bringing together Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey, after its coordinator Bodo Hombach announced that the country is a good high-tech zone and informed the public about Bill Gates' interest in Bulgaria. The total investment needed is US$45 million. The most expensive is about building an integrated Customs information system for the Balkans. Another interesting project is submitted by the Bulgarian Industrial Association, about creating an electronic market for wholesale.

Six consortia take part in the next public tender, announced by the National Social Security Institute (NSSI), for delivery of hardware and system software.

The tender is for 600 workstations, 310 notebooks, one Data Cluster Server, one Backup Server, DLT library, SAN switch and SAN storage device. The financing of the project will be secured by a loan from the World Bank. The consortia are:

Lirex, S&T and ComSoft; Compaq; Dell; Bull SA; IBM; and Kontrax and Fujitsu Siemens.

Clients of the Sofia Library how have access to 70 000 entries (book descriptions, magazine and newspaper articles, etc.) through an online catalogue, developed and implemented by the companies PrimaSoft and SoftLib. http://libsofia.pip.digsys.bg/isis/Municipalities Develop Electronic Real-Estate RegistersSeveral Bulgarian municipalities - Assenovgrad, Sofia, Bourgas, Dupnitsa, and some others on the coast - are well ahead of the rest in the development of applications for electronic registers for real-estate property. The registers will aid tax-collectors and will improve the administrative services to the citizens, announced the Ministry of Finance. The local company Kontrax built the communication system for free, while Oracle donated software for $18,000.

Compaq, Datecs and Technologica also want to contribute to the project. The Ministry will soon announce a tender for building a centralized system for real-estate property.

The telecommunication division of the local company Haemimont-Smartcom became official representative for Bulgaria of ADC Telecommunications, which in February this year acquired Smartcom's long-term partner PairGain Technologies.

Thus the local firm will be able to enter the market of hardware and software equipment for broadband networks. So far Smartcom was strong only on the xDSL market.

Linux distributor SuSE GmbH certified the local company ITCE as a Linux Center of technical training and consulting. The instructors should first get certificates from the Linux center in Munich.

3Com Bulgaria officially announced the company's new partner strategy "Focus".

It envisages closer contacts between 3Com and the retailers, though not abandoning the distribution model. The "new" partners are graded golden, silver and bronze. In Bulgaria there are 2 golden - Paraflow and RAD Group, 12 silver and 90 bronze.

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