Roundup: E-payment, tech use study, SAP, Gechs-Apesoft

- Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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The Paraguayan government will launch a tender for an electronic payment system sometime in 2009, newspaper ABC Digital quoted central bank officials as saying.

The bank officials, who requested anonymity, said the system would be up and running by 2010 at the earliest.

At that point, Paraguay will be able to fully participate in an agreement recently signed with Brazilian and Argentine officials that aims to lower the costs of electronic transactions between their respective countries.

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The number of Mexican households with computers rose 20% to 7.1mn in 2008, according to a government survey on domestic technology use.

The national study on technology availability and use in the home (ENDUTIH 2008), found that roughly 26% of all Mexican homes have a computer.

Meanwhile, the study also found that there were nearly 32mn computer users and 22.3mn internet users. Roughly 70% of the internet users were aged 12-34.

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SAP (NYSE: SAP) has named Roberto García as the new director of corporate communications for Mexico and Central America, the company said in a statement.

García has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications.

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Peruvian and Chilean IT industry representatives have met to discuss increased IT investments between the two countries, according to a statement.

Officials from the Chilean software and IT services industry association Gechs met with their counterparts from Peru's local software industry association Apesoft, as well as Peruvian government officials.

Aside from investment opportunities, the officials discussed ways to compete with larger regional IT markets, such as Brazil.

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