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Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2018

Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2018

Regulation has entered a new age. The days when regulators dealt with purely technological changes such as the analogue to digital transition are over. Today, digital transformation is sweeping across whole economies, changing our outlook forever. As mobile phones have become even more ubiquitous in their coverage and use, they have also become portals to a host of online services. Regulators find themselves grappling with an ever-growing array of challenges associated across different sectors including digital identity, data protection, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Regulation continues to evolve rapidly. Far from falling behind or trying to catch up , I…

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Maximising availability of international connectivity in the Pacific

Maximising availability of international connectivity in the Pacific

Background The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) identified that the internation- al connectivity of small island developing states (SIDS) remains key to their economic development and creation of their own information society.1 WCIT-12 instructed that further study be undertaken of the special situation of telecommunication/ICT services in SIDS, with particular consideration being given to the importance of access to international optical fibre networks at reasonable cost. It also undertook to assist SIDS with planning and guidance to promote regional and multilateral projects that will provide them with greater access to international optical fibre networks. The World Telecommunication Development Conference…

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Vulnerabilities Slow Growth

Vulnerabilities Slow Growth

GDP growth in the Western Balkans slowed from 3.1 percent in 2016 to an estimated 2.4 percent in 2017. Regional growth in 2017 is less optimistic than the 2.6 percent expected when the Fall issue of this report was published. It slowed in Serbia due to a harsh winter and stalled in FYR Macedonia, where the political crisis deterred both public and private investment. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) grew at a rate like the last two years. The dynamism of the smaller economies of Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro drove regional growth in 2017, with support from higher growth in trading…

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A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

I am delighted to have in my hand a book that asks how we can turn proximity from a burden to an advantage. A Glass Half Full: Th e Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia advocates an approach of open regionalism, using intraregional trade as com- plementary to, and as a stepping stone for, deeper global integration. Th is book, written by Sanjay Kathuria and a team of South Asian researchers, stands out for its eff ort to bring together in a single tome theoretical knowledge and ground realities of trade in South Asia. Th is is a much-needed…

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Information and Technology Solutions Annual Report 2017: Working Together on Digital Innovation

Information and Technology Solutions Annual Report 2017: Working Together on Digital Innovation

Open Archives Campus created to open the WBG Archives to the world. ePerformance system launched to support the entire performance management process. myTravel Portal launched as the destination for all travel-related services and information for WBG staff. ezConnect launched as WBG remote access solution to enable staff to access WBG systems from anywhere. Table of contents Retrospective on the FY15-17 Strategy Client Satisfaction with IT Client Satisfaction survey ITS by the Numbers Before and After the ITS FY15-17 Strategy Modern Operations Information, Knowledge, and Learning Modern HR Core Financial and Strategic Budget Systems End User and Work Experience Modern Foundational…

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Quality of service regulation manual

Quality of service regulation manual

I am pleased to present the Manual on Quality of Service (QoS) Regulation pub- lished to serve as a reference and guiding tool for regulators and policy makers in dealing with QoS and Quality of Experience (QoE) matters in the ICT sector. Regulation and management of QoS are increasingly important and complex in today s highly competitive, challenging and globalized digital environ- ment. Ensuring fairness and high quality user experience requires effective regulatory frameworks. The profusion of ever-evolving technologies, net- works, services and devices with different QoS capabilities further adds to the complexity of regulation in this area. Quality can…

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World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

Leaders, policy makers, and development professionals often worry that wellintentioned policies designed to improve the lives of their communities will fail to deliver results. The global development community needs to move beyond asking “What is the right policy?” and instead ask “What makes policies work to produce life-improving outcomes?” The answer put forward in this year’s World Development Report is better governance that is, the ways in which governments, citizens, and communities engage to design and apply policies. This Report is being launched at a time when global growth and productivity are continuing to slow, limiting the resources available to…

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The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2017

The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2017

Research has shown that investment in information and communication technologies is associated with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation, and increased trade. ICTs also help provide better services in health and education, and strengthen social cohesion. The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2017 illustrates the progress of this revolution for 217 economies around the world . It provides comparable statistics on the sector for 2005 and 2015 across a range of indicators, enabling readers to readily compare economies. This book includes indicators covering the economic and social context, the…

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Enabling the Digital Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa : What Role for Policy Reforms?

Enabling the Digital Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa : What Role for Policy Reforms?

I am glad to introduce the third edition of a series of reports aimed at discussing macroeconomic developments in the Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Mali, and Niger. This series intends to foster public debates on key macroeconomic and fiscal policy options in support of poverty reduction. It disseminates the findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. One of the objectives of the series is to appraise regional trends and analysis quickly, even if the presentations are less than fully polished. In short, this new series is a novel vehicle for the Bank…

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IFC annual report 2017 : creating markets