Science, Technology & Innovation and ICTs
UNCTAD provides intellectual leadership and serves as a source of expertise on science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technologies (ICTs) policies for development.
UNCTAD’s activities in this area seek to bring the development perspective to international discussions, supporting consensus-building and capacity-building for sound, evidence-based, development-oriented policy in relevant areas.

STI, including ICTs, are an essential component of policies to promote development. They can serve as instruments for supporting relevant components of the national development agenda, helping local industry compete, generating better paying jobs, reducing poverty, promoting export diversification and catching up.

However, the assimilation, diffusion and application of scientific and technological knowledge require investments in human and physical capital, together with the establishment and nurturing of a national innovation system and a systematic effort to access and use relevant knowledge. Policies at the national and international levels are needed to organize and sustain those processes.
Areas of work


15 December 2015Expanded list of duty-free technology products to boost international trade and development, research reveals
07 December 2015Capacity-building needed to harmonize e-commerce legislation in the ECOWAS region
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30 November 2015UNCTAD to support Government of Egypt in developing a national e-commerce strategy
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06 November 2015UNCTAD helps Thai government to improve the comparability of its e-commerce statistics
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17 September 2015Thailand needs to innovate to avoid 'middle income trap'
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