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At least 12 Brazilian IT firms will be present at this year's CeBIT high-tech fair, as the country attempts to boost the global competitiveness of its IT sector

Softex, Brazil's software industry association, is organizing the companies' presence at the annual fair in Hanover. Brazil was CeBIT's partner country at last year's event.

The Brazilian government is supporting the growth of the national IT industry with a program called "TI Maior," which was announced last year. The program aims to strengthen the industry's international positioning, boost innovation and entrepreneurship, improve quality and competitiveness and expand research, innovation and technology development.

As part of the program a 20 million-dlr government-funded "Start-up Brazil" initiative wants to see 150 new software and IT company launches by 2014.

Said Softex President Ruben Delgado:"Brazil has every chance to position itself as a provider of b-to-b solutions with quality products and services in global markets."

The CeBIT fair takes place March 5 through March 9. Last year, 339,000 visitors attended the event.