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Information technology and telecommunications industry is important to countries regarding their economic development mainly because of two reasons. Firstly, it represents a large and rapidly growing sector of the economy, initiating production, employment, and wealth. Secondly, it is a driving force for the other sectors of the economy which it is in constant interaction. The European Community identifies the information technology and telecommunications sector as a strategic one and several programmes are being started to proceed at the Community level. These programmes are not only about the information technology and telecommunications research and development but training of the human resources as well. The problem with Turkey’s approach to this critical sector is that efforts made solely by the individual firms are not sufficient on their own. The government participation other than providing incentives is a must in such an innovation focused industry. As relative weakness in this strategic industry can cause serious problems, current status of the Turkish IT&T industry should be studied carefully to take the necessary actions accordingly.


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Z. H. Atilla, “A study on the relative strenghts of the European Community and Turkey in the information technology and telecommunications sector,” Middle East Technical University, 1988.