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Can Trade Liberalisation Bridge the Digital Divide? Assessing the Information Technology Agreement

This article analyses the impact of trade liberalisation on information and communication technology use and production in developing countries after the Information Technology Agreement came into force. Using empirical evidence on the global exports of ita goods and the performance of different groups of ita member-countries, the article makes the case for complementing trade liberalisation with capacity-building so that the ita could become an effective strategy for developing countries to bridge the digital divide. Substantial capabilities in ict production and use have been developed by some developing countries, which provide fresh ideas for a southern system of ict innovation for development.
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