ICT-Centric Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a universally shared vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings. The book, “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation”, written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth.This book, launched World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017, presents an in-depth roadmap for sustainable economic growth by exploiting the recent developments in information and communication technology (ICT) to create an environment that nourishes ICT-centric innovation and generates new job opportunities. It describes the key elements in the ICT-centric ecosystem for economic growth, innovation and job creation, covering policies, strategies, mechanism and tools that are indispensable in creating and maintaining a healthy, vibrant, adaptable and environmentally friendly setting for sustainable economic growth. It also highlights the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the ICT-centric ecosystem, including governments, industry, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens. It focusses on discovering and analyzing the multiple interrelations between ICT dynamics and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015 as a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States will be expected to use to frame their agendas and policies over the next 15 years.




The idea for this book emerged not long after the United Nations adopted the expanded set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 that were intended to motivate and coordinate international development efforts through 2030. As anyone who has been involved in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has long known, and increasingly everyone else involved in development efforts now recognizes, ICTs are permeating all aspects of the global economy and society. ICTs are transforming how all goods and services — not just digital or information goods — are designed, produced, distributed, and sold. They are transforming how citizens, consumers, industry, and governments acquire and share knowledge about the world. To participate in the global information economy, one has to be a digital citizen. ICTs must play a central role in developing solutions to address climate change, respond to growing global competition, and to meet the rising expectations and needs of all segments of society, including the poorest, least skilled, or otherwise marginalized.


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