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.



Software market orientation — selected cases

The preceding chapter showed that countries have followed different paths with regard to the role of software in their economies. Special attention was given to the market orientation, that is, the extent to which the software industry is mainly servicing domestic or export markets. This chapter looks at the experience of selected countries in which the software sector plays an important role in the economy but which demonstrate markedly different market focuses.


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