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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and ICTs

Mid-Term Review of the Samoa Pathway

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This document reviews progress in access to affordable and modern digital technologies since the 2014 Samoa conference on SIDS. It was prepared as an input document to the September 2019 high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of SIDS through implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway. It provides examples to demonstrate progress made, showing how SIDS are using ICTs to help drive sustainable development, and includes a framework for tracking progress towards a universal and affordable Internet.

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Enabling environment

An enlightened enabling environment is essential for SIDS to attract investment and protect consumers. This includes a regulatory regime that fosters private investment for deploying ICT networks in a competitive environment that often results in lower prices and better quality. Clear government strategies for applying ICTs across a spectrum of development challenges are also critical to ensure that digital technologies have the intended impacts.

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