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Ministry of Economy continues anti-piracy drive

The Ministry of Economy strengthens its efforts to curb illegal software distribution and protect intellectual property rights.

The Ministry of Economy strengthens its efforts to curb illegal software distribution and protect intellectual property rights.

Business Software Alliance (BSA), the international association established by the software industry to promote a safe and legal digital world, has praised the Ministry of Economy (MoE) and the government for its efforts in promoting anti-piracy initiatives.

The MoE has offered its full support to curb illegal software distribution by upholding anti-piracy legislation directed at increasing private sector investment, technology transfer and economic growth for the region.

Commenting on the initiatives, H.E Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz, Under Secretary Ministry of the economy-planning sector said:

“The Ministry of Economy is strengthening its efforts to fight the piracy menace, as our highly diversified economy is based on healthy and transparent industries and sectors. We are determined to maintain a healthy environment that is best suitable to develop and enhance the economy.

"By implementing tough anti-piracy laws and working in association with authorities is helping the UAE to achieve the full economic benefits of having one of the highest ICT adoption figures in the region that is internationally recognised.”

Statistics from Madar indicate that the UAE’s ICT industry is rapidly increasing predicted to be worth more than US$941 million by the end of 2008.

However, studies also reveal that the Middle East’s software industry as a whole is still developing tremendously, and the MoE has a vision of establishing the UAE’s economy to become internationally recognised.

“The ministry of Economy is one of the most active campaigners in the region and should be commended for its efforts in supporting these anti-piracy initiatives, as they are not only protecting a valuable source of economic revenue, but are also protecting thousands of jobs that are employed by the industry to make safe and legal software products.

"We are confident that the measurable benefits achieved through these anti-piracy initiatives will encourage other states from the region to show similar support,” Jawad al Redha, Co-Chairman at BSA Middle East, concluded.

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