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Telecommunications & Economic Development

Telecommunications & Economic Development

Telecommunications are increasingly recognized as a key component in the infrastructure of economic development, yet telecommunications services in most developing countries continue to fall far short of needs. The result is that development is constrained significantly throughout these economies. The imbalance between telecommunications development in industrial and in developing countries was the focus of global attention in the 1985 Maitland Commission report, which noted that “in most developing countries, the telecommunications system is not adequate even to sustain essential services.”‘ However, despite increasing awareness of the connection between telecommunications and economic development, governments in developing countries and development agencies rarely…

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Telecommunications Polices for Sub-Saharan Africa

Telecommunications Polices for Sub-Saharan Africa

Throughout the world, governments have taken measures to reform the telecommunications sector. The case for pursuing reform, in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as elsewhere, is founded on the growing importance of information infrastructures in the world economy. In SSA countries, this case is reinforced by the relatively poor service provided to date by state-owned network operators. In its activities in the sector, the World Bank has given priority to the support ofreform measures. The main purpose of the Bank in commissioning this study has been to consider how the Bank’s global strategy for the telecommunications sector can be…

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The Privatization Challenge: A Strategic, Legal, and Institutional Analysis of International Experience

The Privatization Challenge: A Strategic, Legal, and Institutional Analysis of International Experience

The privatization of public enterprises, economic sectors, or entire economies raises strategic, legal, institutional, and economic issues and challenges. This book approaches privatization from a multidisciplinary and multisectoral point of view, with an emphasis on the legal and policy dimensions of the process. It draws on the experience of countries on every continent to illustrate specific problems, issues, and solutions. The aim is neither to extract universal lessons nor to present a how-to manual for privatization. Rather, this book seeks to reveal the dynamic character of a process that is still relatively new, demonstrate the complexity of the problems that…

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Prospects for Information Service Exports from the English- Speaking Caribbean

Prospects for Information Service Exports from the English- Speaking Caribbean

The nature and place of work have been transformed by increasing deregulation of telecommunications and the integration of computers and communications across borders. Large North American corporations are looking to outsource information processing tasks away from their central offices to lower-cost countries, using direct electronic communica- tions. Outsourcing companies thus seek information-friendly environments characterized by well-regulated information and communication markets and education policies that favor a skilled labor force. The Caribbean is a potential area for these outsourced operations. The people are liter- ate, English speaking, trainable in computer supported skills, and available for employment. The governments are stable and…

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The East Asian Miracle & Information Technology: Strategic Management of Technological Learning

The East Asian Miracle & Information Technology: Strategic Management of Technological Learning

Technological change is a key source of industrial competitiveness and economic growth. Of all technologies of our time, information technology (IT) has the greatest influence on the global economy. Most industrialized countries and an increasing number of industrializing countries are applying IT in many areas, such as macroeconomic planning, public administration, education, health care, manufacturing, finance and banking, transportation, commerce, publishing, and energy conservation and environmental management. As some economic historians assert, the pervasiveness of IT on society amounts to a “second industrial revolution.” The process of IT generation and diffusion in most developing countries is more difficult than it…

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Developing the Electronics Industry

Developing the Electronics Industry

Building up a capability in electronics is essential to the efficiency of any country’s economy and its international competitiveness. Electronics is not only one of the fastest−growing industries worldwide, but it also has a profound effect on all other industries and throughout the economy by increasing productivity, changing cost structures, enabling development of new enterprises, and creating new competitive opportunities and challenges. Making the right policy and strategic decisions at both the national and enterprise levels is critically important in any effort to develop the electronics sector. At a minimum, there is the need to select, adopt, and adapt electronics…

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Privatization: The Lessons of Experience

Privatization: The Lessons of Experience

This book reviews experiences with state-owned enterprises and their privatization in developing and industrial countries and extracts salient themes and lessons for the successful design and implementation of such reform. It deals with the privatization of industrial, commercial, manufacturing, and service-producing state-owned enterprises operating in both competitive and noncompetitive markets. It touches only tangentially on privatization of banks and other financial institutions, which raises many additional and different issues-particularly regulation.

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