July 2010

Driving digital transformation

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How governments and countries leverage ICT as a new national infrastructure for driving social and economic growth

If enterprises can use information and communication technologies (ICT) to innovate and transform their processes, products, services and business models, significantly improving productivity and competitiveness, why can’t the governments? After all they are the biggest service providers across the world—be it security, public transportation, health, education, road… the list is endless. And Nagy Hanna is not wrong in proposing the same. Drawing upon his  rich experience of over 35 years at the World Bank and other aid agencies  Hanna provide practical tools for promoting economic and social  transformation through ICT.

The book also explores and presents an assessment of various ICT for Development (I4D) initiatives across the world, and goes on to explain how  developing countries can leverage ICT as a new national infrastructure for  driving social and economic growth—both for poverty eradication and  grassroots innovation, as well as for improving the business environment and  enhancing the competitiveness of the whole economy.

The book provides an impetus for active dialogue and partnerships among development economists, innovation policy specialists and private sector  development strategists and practitioners on one hand, and ICT for  development, knowledge economy, information society and e-business  specialists who are concerned with using the new technologies to transform enterprises, industries, economies, and poor communities, on the other hand.

An interesting book that raises a key question—whether and how developing countries can learn to benefit from the ICT revolution, and what roles the  government and private sector can play—and also provides an insight into how  some of the nations were already moving ahead on this front.

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