BT Goes to Qatar

BT looks at Middle East opportunities to expand its health IT business

November 22, 2007

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DOHA, Qatar -- BT today announced it is meeting senior members of the Qatar business community and representatives of government organisations to discuss e-health business opportunities in Qatar and neighbouring states.

BT’s International Health Advisory Board, comprising leaders in healthcare and public policy from around the globe, is discussing with key decision-makers how BT could help develop and advance healthcare information systems in Qatar, as well as examining other opportunities in the region.

The International Health Advisory Board is chaired by the Honourable Ruth Richardson, New Zealand’s Minister of Finance in the early nineties during a period of world-class reform.

Speaking at the meeting, Francois Barrault, chief executive of BT Global Services said: “I am excited and honoured to be here to discuss with senior decision-makers in Qatar’s health community how we might be able to work with them to develop an effective and advanced healthcare information system for the country. Qatar is a forward-thinking country and is looking to develop a world-class IT infrastructure to form the basis of a world-leading healthcare model. I believe BT has a great deal to offer in helping Qatar achieve that ambition.

“BT has proved itself as a world-class IT services organisation through the successful delivery of its large-scale contracts for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. We have delivered secure solutions and services to the NHS on a massive scale, in a highly complex and demanding specialist environment.

“We are accelerating our investment in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in recognition of the fact that this is one of the fastest growing ICT markets in the world. The health sector is a particularly interesting area for us to explore, given the wealth of experience we have from playing a leading role in delivering a national healthcare IT system in the UK.”

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)

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