Digital Skills Insights 2019

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Providing new insights and enhancing knowledge among the ITU stakeholder community in the growing field of learning and skills development in the digital era, this third issue (previously called "Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment") features eight articles from international experts in this field, which take a critical and analytical approach towards the subject of capacity and skills development.



ICT skills in Small Island Developing States: ICT capacity building, economic opportunities and brain drain

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) progressively integrate into the global Internet economy as new undersea cables are constructed and national telecommunications networks are upgraded. Increased Internet bandwidth and lower costs for end users, especially in the underserved Pacific region, leads to new information and communication technology (ICT)-based economic opportunities. Creation of new employment in areas that require Internet connectivity and even work for specialized ICT professionals offering their services globally are the expressed objective of several SIDS governments. This also carries the potential to reverse the long and persistent trend of out-migration in SIDS. It is not yet fully understood how residents of SIDS will adapt to the improving ICT infrastructure and what they require to fully take advantage of new economic opportunities. To address this gap, our study provides a better empirical understanding of the role of ICT capacity building and ICT skills in unlocking ICT-based economic opportunities in five Pacific SIDS.


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