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Information Economy Report 2012

The Software Industry and Developing Countries

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The IER 2012 highlights the growing importance of the software industry for developing countries, building on earlier UNCTAD work on the promotion of the ICT sector in general and the software industry in particular. The report contains new data and features the new UNCTAD National Software System Index. It highlights the role of free and open source software for the development of a local software industry, reviews selected country case studies and presents policy options.

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Conclusions and policy recommendations

Governments have a key role to play in fostering software capabilities. In countries that have succeeded in strengthening their software industries, the development of a national strategy, based on consultations with all relevant stakeholders, has been a useful starting point. But such strategies need to be adapted to the specific context of each country.

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