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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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Policies to enable national software systems

Making effective use of opportunities created by the evolving ICT landscape is a priority task for most developing countries. ICTs are increasingly recognized as a vehicle to improve the provision of government services, health care, education and essential information, including in low-income economies. At the same time, in order to seize the full potential of ICTs, developing countries need to go beyond simply relying on imports of technologies developed abroad. Building relevant domestic capabilities in the ICT producing sector is essential for ICT services and applications to be appropriately adapted to the prevailing realities in each context. As software constitutes the brain of ICT devices, nurturing capabilities in this area is particularly relevant.

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