Some of those attending include Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
Newfoundland Premier Brian Tobin, a large Scottish contingent,
and over 900 delegates, sixty per cent of whom are from foreign
In his keynote address, Premier Tobin said the world economy
have been going through many changes and that has created new
challenges for the business community.
Tobin said some of Newfoundland's more traditional, resource-based
industries are struggling these days, especially the fishery.
But he said the province's I.T. sector is playing a major role
in the province's economy.
The exhibition showcased advances worldwide in Information
Technology, and featured displays from each of the Atlantic provinces.
Registration kits distributed to the delegates included hi-tech
items like a CD-Rom from the province of Newfoundland and a leather
computer disk case from Prince Edward Island.
In accordance with its technological theme, the conference's
main events are being broadcast live, via the Internet, all around
Softworld '98 ran for three and a half days, from September
20-24. According to Softworld's director, this is the longest
one yet, all the rest having run for two and a half days.
The opinions of those attending the conference are very positive.
It appears that so far, Softworld '98 has been extremely successful
in its goal -- to attract world-wide attention to Newfoundland
and Labrador's ever growing I.T. sector.
Several delegates from Japan said they were very impressed
with the progress that Newfoundland has made in research and
technology in the past few years and found the people very friendly
and easy to work with.
A delegate from Toronto felt that the conference was not only
a great showcase for Newfoundland, but also provided an excellent
environment for foreign companies to do business.
A businessman from Austria was pleased with the opportunities
presented here and was eager to do business here again. Business
people from places such as England, India, France, and the United
States all had positive things to say about Newfoundland's potential.
The Softworld website is located at www.softworld98.com.