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MLUG.ca: Free Software in Eastern Europe [Part II]

Aug 30, 2004, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In the competitive environments of most industries buying choices are often made on the basis of product quality, price, quality of service and so on. But the IT industry is a notable exception, and nowhere is this more obvious than Eastern Europe. In this environment the markets function more on the basis of know who instead of know how and on the establishment of, shall we say, mutually profitable relationships. The development of networks of influence high in the circles of power are more likely to lead to successful dealmaking than product quality.

"The result is that decisions are made that offer little or no benefit to the taxpayers who pay for the deals. In the case of Macedonia the taxpayers are seeing their money spent on purchases of doubtful merit with little justification..."

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