English translation: while (see Kudoz explanation)
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German to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Business/Commerce (general)
German term or phrase:gegenüberstehen
This is from a document explaining what it calls the digital divide between industrialized countries and lesser developed countries.
The sentence is:
Diesem direktenVorteil der Industriestaaten steht für die weniger entwickelten Länder der vereinfachte Zugang zu Informationen aus den Forschungs- und Entwicklungsbereichen der gesamten Welt durch TK/IT-Netze gegenüber.
Can someone help me out with what gegenüberstehen means here - is it used in a positive or a negative sense? I've been staring at this sentence so long, it no longer makes any sense, but I know it's relatively simple. I'm tired!