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Reviewing National ICT Policies
 

Policies_Egypt_300x161.jpgThe UNCTAD ICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programme conducts national assessments, develops strategies and provides policy advice to countries requesting assistance in building and maintaining a dynamic and responsive ICT policy environment.

In this context, it undertakes reviews, research, analysis, strategy development and technical cooperation in the following areas:

  1. National ICT Planning

    The reviews assess the implementation of ICT master plans, strategies, policies and programmes geared towards the development of the information economy. They provide action-oriented recommendations for policy improvements.

  2. Electronic commerce

    The e-commerce landscape is complex, dynamic, multi-faceted and rapidly evolving. Developing countries therefore need to conduct a thorough examination of e-commerce dynamics in their country, to identify their most effective leverage points into the e-commerce system and to formulate these into a national e-commerce strategy able to harness e-commerce's propulsion to drive economic growth.

The UNCTAD ICT Policy Review Programme can assist in undertaking an assessment of national needs, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Identifying the main challenges and barriers furthermore helps to ensure that policy measures adopted will be effective.

UNCTAD may provide assistance in the following areas:
  • Development of a national e-commerce strategy

  • Comprehensive assessment of the current status of e-commerce readiness based on a framework of eight critical policy areas (ICT infrastructure, logistics and trade facilitation, legal, e-payment, e-commerce platforms, awareness raising, skills development and e-procurement)

  • Defining strategies to strengthen micro, small and medium-sized enterprises for e-commerce

  • Identifying measures to strengthen the IT and software industry for e-commerce

  • Sector-specific studies (ie. retail, manufacturing, outsourcing, e-services, tourism) for strengthening e-commerce

  • Designing national e-commerce surveys and data collection

  • Other e-commerce studies on request

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For further information or to request an UNCTAD ICT Policy Review, please contact or make a written request to: ict4d@unctad.org and clearly indicate "UNCTAD ICT Policy Review" in the subject line.

 

 Beneficiaries and stakeholders

 

Direct beneficiaries of the Review are the governmental bodies involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of national ICT policies. These include government ministries in charge of the national ICT policy framework, as well as stakeholders from business organizations, academia and civil society that participate in, and contribute to, the policy formulation and implementation.

At a national level, beneficiaries include the general public and specific groups or institutions (e.g. rural communities or schools) benefiting from policy objectives such as universal access to ICT or the development of human resources, as well as SMEs and specific sectors- benefiting from policies promoting domestic and international e-business, ICT-related trade, technological innovation or e-government.

 

 Documents

 
ICT Policy Review of Egypt (UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2011/6)
ICT Policy Review of Egypt (Summary) ( UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2011/6(SUMMARY) )
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