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Information Economy Report 2011

ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development

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One of the few monitoring global trends related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) from a development perspective, this publication is a valuable reference for policymakers in developing countries. Special attention is given to ICTs in accelerating private sector development (PSD) in developing countries. Many national and donor strategies related to PSD fail to take adequate account of the ICT potential, which has greatly expanded thanks to changes in the global ICT landscape. Different facets of the ICT-PSD interface are explored, including: ICT infrastructure as a factor in the investment climate; ICT use by the private sector; the ICT sector as a part of the private sector, and finally, ICT use in interventions aimed at facilitating PSD.

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Making PSD interventions more effective with ICTs

Governments and other organizations are engaged in many activities aimed at supporting the creation and growth of enterprises. However, the expanded scope for leveraging ICTs in this context has so far not been fully reflected in the strategies and policies of national Governments and their development partners. This chapter explores selected areas in which ICT use has the potential to contribute to making the business environment more enabling and PSD interventions more effective.

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