LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2001 – Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VCSY) and its joint venture Home Country Gateway (HCG) theIndiaBridge.com, in cooperation with Forbes.com, the popular Web site of Forbes Magazine, will host a free global webcast from the United Nations on April 24, 2001.
Vijay Amritraj, who is Chairman of theIndiaBridge.com and considered India’s Ambassador of Sports, recently concluded his first visit to the quake-hit Gujarat region of India since being appointed a ‘Messenger of Peace’ by the UN Secretary General. In the webcast on April 24th, Mr. Amritraj will address diplomats and the media, presenting a report on the most current status of relief and rehabilitation efforts in Gujarat. He will also use the occasion to speak about the growth and future of India.
“I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity to express appreciation to contributors from the world community, including those within India and many non-resident Indians, for their quick and remarkable response to help rebuild the lives of the Gujarat earthquake victims. At the same time, I think it is important at this juncture to discuss the future of India, which is committed to becoming a growing force in international trade. The April 24th forum at the UN presents a unique opportunity to focus on those messages,” Mr. Amritraj stated.
During his visit, Mr. Amritraj toured quake-affected areas in Bhuj, the epicenter of the January 26th earthquake. He met with relief agencies and quake victims and visited schools. Mr. Amritraj specially carried and delivered 500 soccer balls to schoolchildren in Bhuj. Saying, “It put smiles on the wonderful, innocent faces of those children,” Mr. Amritraj thanked global sports giant Nike for the generous gift of soccer balls.
www.theIndiaBridge.com is a unique Home Country Gateway (HCG) providing information and communication for millions of Indians living in the U.S., around the world, and in India. www.theIndiaBridge.com provides valuable personal Web resources to Internet users while serving as a critical source of information on and for India, Indians and non-resident Indians. Offering unlimited free email, a personal organizer, schedulers and an easy-to-use but powerful search engine, it is positioned to draw millions of Internet users in India who utilize shared public access to the net.
Forbes.com will webcast the proceedings of Mr. Amritraj’s presentation from the United Nations, where an audience of diplomats and members of the UN Correspondents Association will join leaders of the Indian community in New York for the event.
"This is an example of how the Internet can instantly bring an important message to a global audience. Forbes.com is very pleased to be the site for this significant event," Chris Clark, the Forbes.com spokesman said.
Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of Web-based multilingual gateways, developer of proprietary software and e-commerce solutions. The company is based in the United States. VCSY's products and services, technology and distribution channels complement each other and are supported by its e-commerce business model, the Home Country Gateways (HCGs).
Utilizing its growing global network of online HCGs, the company offers B2B, B2G and B2C solutions through its wide range of accessible resources that specifically cater to the needs and desires of targeted communities around the world. VCSY has also acquired Globalfare.com -- a complete online travel information center at www.globalfare.com.
At present, VCSY has five HCGs in operation: www.theWorldBridge.com, www.theIndiaBridge.com, www.theUSBridge.com, www.theBrazilBridge.com, www.theChinaBridge.com, and is working to establish other HCG partnerships, including www.theKoreaBridge.com.
The company is continuously developing Emily(TM) Solutions, (www.emilysolutions.com), proprietary XML-based technology providing unique software for e-commerce, information technologies, Web-based data management and process control. VCSY also offers a free, easy and personalized e-mail service for all Web users (www.thepostmaster.net). For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.vcsy.com.