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Software piracy rates in Kuwait, the highest in Gulf

The Channel Post Staff
In an exclusive interview recently to KUNA-Kuwait News Agency, Regional Director of Microsoft-Kuwait, Ihab Mustafa stated that the Software piracy in Kuwait is over 60 percent, the highest in the Gulf area. Mustafa said, "This would immensely and negatively impact the creation of a well-seated information technology industry in the country. Reasons behind such phenomenon are attributed to non-existence of intellectual property rights' law, in addition to inconsistency in implementing current monitoring laws. Mustafa also felt that the, lengthy tendering procedures and the "complicated" governmental purchasing system also have a negative impact. Such obstacles tend to make investors in the technology industry to shy away from doing business in Kuwait, a thing that would also affect the creation of new jobs and diversifying the country's national income.
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