File - The Telecommunications ministry building is seen in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 26, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)
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Corruption, high costs and poor infrastructure are prohibiting the growth of the information technology sector in Lebanon, telecom experts said Friday.BMI estimated the size of the Lebanese IT sector at $368.7 million in 2013, an increase of 5.1 percent from $350.7 million in 2012 .Bahsoun argued that the successive telecommunication ministers had failed to improve the IT sector and Internet considerably, adding that some of the ministers were too busy fighting with officials from the state-run Ogero company instead of trying to find solutions to turn around the industry's poor growth.Fadi Daou, the CEO of MultiLane company, stressed that corruption was one of the reasons preventing software and IT companies from investing in Lebanon.Daou believes that one way to combat corruption in Lebanon is by having a free-trade zone.It also noted that the sale of personal computers in Lebanon in 2013 had dropped considerably because most people had shifted to tablets.
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