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The Application of Information and Communication Technologies in the Least Developed Countries for Sustained Economic Growth

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A lot has been said about the digital divide that exists between the developed and the least developed countries (LDCs). Yet so little is being said about the opportunities that exist in the ICT Sector in the LDCs. This report takes a very close look at this group of countries and advances the argument that ICTs can play a catalytic role in getting these countries out of their current poverty trap. In that respect, a win-win outcome for both the investor and the countries is not in question.

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Least developed countries: countries in need

The need for special attention to what were then called the “less developed among the developing countries was first recognized in the early 1960s by the United Nations. A resolution to recognize the special needs of these countries was introduced at the first session of UNCTAD in 1964.

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