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.



Development impacts

Digital technology is having discernible impacts on sustainable development and the economy in small islands. ICTs are contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in numerous ways and across different domains, with various technologies helping to improve healthcare, monitor the climate, enhance disaster management, expand online learning opportunities, extend financial inclusion, and more. The ICT sector is an important contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) in many SIDS, producing measurable indirect impacts and enabling innovation and entrepreneurship.


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