The Republic of Korea supports UNCTAD Capacity-Building on ICT for development in the East African Community

16 December 2014

The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of the Republic of Korea contributed $50,000 to the UNCTAD Multi-donor Trust Fund on Information and Communication Technologies Policies for Development.

The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) and UNCTAD have cooperated closely since 2011 to improve the capacity of developing countries to benefit from information and communications technologies (ICTs), notably with regard to e-government.

This latest contribution will be used for conducting a workshop in Kenya in February 2015 on e-government, cloud computing and cyberlaws in the East African Community, co-organized by UNCTAD, MOGAHA and the East African Community Secretariat.

The objective of the Project on ICT Policies for Developoment is to support the formulation of effective national and regional ICT policies. More specifically, it aims to strengthen the capacity of developing and transition economies to formulate better ICT4D strategies, and assess the results of these policies by developing appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation, including through the production of statistical indicators.

Activities involve the analysis of ICT trends, impact and policies as reported in the annual Information Economy Report, as well as technical cooperation in the areas of ICT measurement, ICT policies and legal issues related to e-commerce.

This is achieved through research on the economic impact of ICT for development, advisory missions, preparation of technical material as appropriate, ICT policy reviews, and the organization of relevant workshops and conferences.