Information Economy Report 2007-2008

Science and Technology for Development - The New Paradigm of ICT

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The world economy is increasingly driven by technological innovations. UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2007-2008 analyses the current and potential contributions of information and communications technology (ICT) to knowledge creation and diffusion. It looks at how developing countries use technology to generate innovations that improve the livelihoods of the poor and support enterprise competitiveness. It also examines the impact of ICTs on productivity and growth, international trade and employment in developing countries.



Trends in ICT access and use

The diffusion of ICTs in developing countries is growing steadily, but except for some East Asian countries that are straddling the line between developed and developing status (notably the Republic of Korea and Singapore), developing countries remain far behind developed ones in the adoption of ICTs and their use by enterprises. Among ICTs, mobile phones are often threshold technologies in many developing countries, and broadband Internet will be essential for developing an information economy (and integrating it at the regional and global levels).


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