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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)

The Information Economy Report is published annually. It analyses current trends and major international policy issues regarding information and communication technologies and their use for, and effect on, trade and development. The Report  builds on UNCTAD´s E-Commerce and Development Report and redefines its scope, reflecting the increasing pervasiveness of the information economy and its key role in trade and development. 

INFORMATION ECON RPT 2017

Information Economy Report 2017

Digitalization, Trade and Development

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
17 Jan 2018
The Information Economy Report 2017 analyzes the evolving digital economy and its implications for trade and development. While these are still early days of the digital economy, it is already clear that it will have globally transformative impacts on the way we live, work and develop our economi...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2015

Information Economy Report 2015: Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries

Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
31 May 2015
Electronic commerce (e-commerce) is rapidly transforming the way in which enterprises are interacting among each other as well as with consumers and governments. Despite important potential benefits, businesses and consumers in developing countries were for a long time slow to exploit e-commerce....
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2013

Information Economy Report 2013: The Cloud Economy and Developing Countries

The Cloud Economy and Developing Countries

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
22 Jan 2014
The Information Economy Report 2013 contributes a nuanced appraisal of the potential role and value of cloud computing in developing and transition economies. It does so by looking at three main areas: current status of the cloud economy in developing countries, potential impacts and, building on...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2012

Information Economy Report 2012

The Software Industry and Developing Countries

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
6 Jun 2013
The IER 2012 highlights the growing importance of the software industry for developing countries, building on earlier UNCTAD work on the promotion of the ICT sector in general and the software industry in particular. The report contains new data and features the new UNCTAD National Software Syste...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2011

Information Economy Report 2011

ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
6 Feb 2012
One of the few monitoring global trends related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) from a development perspective, this publication is a valuable reference for policymakers in developing countries. Special attention is given to ICTs in accelerating private sector development (PS...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2010

Information Economy Report 2010

ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
2 Nov 2010
The Information Economy Report 2010: ICT, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation is the fifth in the flagship series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). As one of few annual reports that monitor global trends related to information and communication technolo...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2009

Information Economy Report 2009

Trends and Outlook in Turbulent Times

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
11 Nov 2009
The Information Economy Report 2009: Trends and Outlook in Turbulent Times (IER 2009) is the fourth in a series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report is one of the few publications to monitor global trends in information and communication technol...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2007/08

Information Economy Report 2007-2008

Science and Technology for Development - The New Paradigm of ICT

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
19 Feb 2008
The world economy is increasingly driven by technological innovations. UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2007-2008 analyses the current and potential contributions of information and communications technology (ICT) to knowledge creation and diffusion. It looks at how developing countries use ...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2006

Information Economy Report 2006

The Development Perspective

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
15 Dec 2006
The present edition of the Report provides unique data on the adoption of ICT by enterprises in developing countries. It also explores ICT policy options in a developing-country context and proposes a framework for national ICT policy reviews and for the design and assessment of pro-poor e-strate...
INFORMATION ECON RPT 2005

Information Economy Report 2005

E-Commerce and Development

Series:
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report (IER)
16 Dec 2005