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CeBIT Eurasia Opens in Istanbul, IT Focus This Year is on SMBs

SYS-CON Media Plans to Colocate "Web Services Edge Eurasia" with CeBIT Eurasia in Istanbul in 2005

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    While CeBIT America, after just two experimental years, was axed last month - there will be no CeBIT America 2005 - in Europe things are somewhat different.

    CeBIT Eurasia for example opened on Tuesday in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial capital, with high hopes of no fewer than 160,000 visitors from 64 countries. The emphasis this year, according to Jorg Schomburg, Chairperson of Dunya CeBIT, is on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

    Modeled on CeBIT Hannover, which has long described itself as "the world's leading trade show for information technology, telecommunications and networks, software and services," and which takes place in Hannover, Germany, annually every March, this is the twelfth successive CeBIT Eurasia. 900 companies are in attendance, according to Schomburg, from countries such as China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and the USA.

    Widely considered as being the business gateway to Eurasia, Istanbul is the perfect location for this particular link in the CeBIT chain that now encircles the world, including now events in Shanghai and Sydney as well as this one in Istanbul.

    (September 2, 2004) - SYS-CON Media CEO, Fuat Kircaali reporting live from the
    opening of CeBIT Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey

    It remains to be seen whether one of the topics of conversation among exhibitors will be the puzzling question of why an event like CeBIT Eurasia can flourish, attracting domestic and foreign exhibitors and attendees, while both CeBIT America and even now Comdex - the longstanding IT extravaganza traditionally held in Las Vegas but now canceled for 2005 - are withering on the vine.

    Held in a 55,000-square meter enclosed area at the TUYAP Exhibition Center on the European side of Istanbul, CeBIT Eurasia's organizers say of the event this year that the tally of foreign foreign companies visiting has increased by an impressive 30%.

    CeBIT Eurasia aims to set the agenda of Turkey and the surrounding countries for the coming five years, say its organizers. The event has different thematic sections and forums, including Gelecek Parki ("Future Park"), Turkiye'den Kureye ("Made in Turkey"), where Turkish products and value-added services are being showcased to foreigner investors, and "e-Municipality," developing the concept of e-administration and using IT to help drive citizen participation in local and national government.

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