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Investing in Telecommunications and ICTs in Developing Markets

Shifting the Paradigm

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Telecommunications and ICTs have become a key infrastructure necessary for human development. As the sector has transformed into one driven by commercial interest, one question begs to be answered: what actions can be taken to stimulate private investment in the sector, particularly in countries and regions where the opportunities are less obvious? This report provides insight into answers to this question by analysing trends, examining risk factors facing potential investors and by identifying specific investment opportunities in developing markets. Finally, the report makes specific recommendations to the various stakeholders on actions that can be taken to 'shift the paradigm' so that investment will be attracted to those markets most in need.

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Introduction

It goes without saying that human development is a major international objective. The United Nations brought global unity on this crucial objective with the Millennium Declaration of 2000. This Declaration mobilized the international community to action with the release of the Millennium Development Goals that set forth specific targets related to ending poverty, enhancing education, promoting equality, improving health care, fostering environmental sustainability, and generally stimulating economic development.

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