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ICT and Telecommunications in Least Developed Countries

Mid-Term Review for the Decade 2001 - 2010

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This document made huge strides towards the implementation of all the seven Commitments of the Brussels Programme of Action of the Least Developed Countries that was adopted by the Third United Nations Conference for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2001-2010. The work undertaken falls into the following areas: a) Development of rural telecommunications: The digital divide in most countries is between urban areas and remote rural communities. b) Development of infrastructure and introduction of new technologies and services: The idea has been to identify low-cost, affordable and appropriate technologies for the LDCs. c) Sector Restructuring: A friendly regulatory and legal framework is catalytic to both domestic and foreign investment into the ICT sector. d) Human resources development/management: Assistance was given to train and retrain experts in LDCs. e) Emergency Telecommunications: Assistance in disaster risk reduction was given to LDCs, Small Island Developing States and some Land-Locked Developing States.

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Challenges (Investment, policy and regulation)

Some of the challenges that LDCs face in their bid to develop their ICT are in the areas of ICT policy, regulation and investment promotion. How successfully a country deals with these three issues has a bearing on its likelihood to achieve universal access.

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