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Information Economy Report 2005

E-Commerce and Development

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This Report illustrates the vigorous efforts being undertaken by many developing countries to catch up with their more developed partners in the dissemination and use of ICT. However, it also shows that the gaps are still far too wide and the catching-up far too uneven for the promise of a truly global information society, with its attendant benefits for sustainable social and economic development, to materialize without the sustained engagement of national Governments, the business sector and civil society, and the tangible solidarity of the international community.

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ICT indicators for development trends and measurement issues

The present chapter is concerned with information society indicators, in terms of available statistics and of improving data and indicators in developing countries. This is based on recognition of the increasing need for reliable data and indicators regarding ICT readiness, use and impact. Such data are crucial for formulating policies and strategies concerning ICT driven or ICT-enabled growth, for social inclusion and cohesion, and for monitoring and evaluating ICT-related economic and social developments. They help companies take the right investment and business decisions and allow developing countries to benchmark their information economies against those of other countries, both developed and developing. Finally, they contribute to documenting the impact of the information society on the implementation of internationally agreed development goals (e.g. the Millennium Development Goals) and measuring progress in the use of ICTs to achieve those goals.

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