The Role of ICT in Advancing Growth in Least Developed Countries

Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Cosmas Zavazava, Lilia Perez-Chavolla, Johannes Bauer, Vanessa Gray, Eric Otenyo, Eric Samarajiva, Richard Labelle, Gabriel Solomon, Ahmed IMRAN, Timothy Turner, Shirley Gregor, Arindam Bose, Kabita Bose, Michael Powell, Cummings Sarah

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This report shows that, while LDCs are, by definition, particularly burdened by severe structural impediments to growth, progress is possible. It introduces the cases of the three countries that have graduated from the LDC status since the category was established (Botswana, Cape Verde and Maldives), as well as those of five countries in the Pacific region, facing the special challenges of being Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The case studies overview the progress made by each country in improving telecommunication and ICTconnectivity and establishing an enabling regulatory framework for the deployment of this infrastructure. The report also examines the impact of ICT in promoting socio-economic development in these countries and presents lessons and remaining challenges
Original languageEnglish
PublisherITU Publications Department
Number of pages184
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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Zavazava, C., Perez-Chavolla, L., Bauer, J., Gray, V., Otenyo, E., Samarajiva, E., ... Sarah, C. (2011). The Role of ICT in Advancing Growth in Least Developed Countries: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. ITU Publications Department.