Regional-national ICT Strategies

Kirlidog, Melih and Little, Stephen (2010). Regional-national ICT Strategies. In: Kamel, Sherif ed. E-strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development. IGI Global, pp. 63–87.




An overwhelming majority of developing and industrialized countries have developed national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategies. Developing countries hope to leapfrog towards social and economic progress, modernization, and wealth, and industrialized countries do not want to be left behind in the race for ICT capabilities. While industrialized countries have distinct advantages in formulating and realizing these strategies, some developing countries' objectives are too ambitious, seeking to achieve an information society by these strategies alone. An important reflection of today's globalization on this issue is the cross-country aspect of 'national' ICT strategies. Japan's ICT strategy is increasingly outward oriented, sub-Saharan African countries are developing their strategies with the support of international agencies and non-government organizations, and Caribbean countries have established a common regulatory framework for the telecommunications sector. The aim of all these efforts is to develop a regional synergy for fostering ICT. This chapter is an exploratory analysis of the internationalization of national ICT strategies.

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