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Information for development has become one of the most pressing issues of the last decade, which Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have to tackle on an urgent basis. The need and urgency for planning national information systems has been clearly pointed out in several international conferences. Major research and development centers of international standard in the GCC countries are KISR in Kuwait, KACST and Research Institute at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and CERT in the United Arab Emirates. Five major components of the strategic approach model comprise the information plan system strategy on the national level, which should interlink closely: information resources, information services, information technology, human resources, and a national cooperative plan. In the GCC context, all components are active independently, which could deter the national development. The main functions for GCC information systems should be for documentation and information work consisting of scanning material published anywhere in any language, picking out useful materials, and listing them in an orderly manner. It is recommended that a common GCC institutional network be established, including an agency to coordinate information activities, an effective distribution and dissemination mechanism, and a consortium to avoid duplication and share knowledge. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Communications, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Systems, Information Technology, National Programs, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education

Autor: Kader, Abdullah


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