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2006 Information & Communications for Development (IC4D) - Global Trends and Policies

Information and Communications for Development 2006: Global Trends and Policies is a World Bank flagship publication addressing the critical role being played by information and communication technologies (ICT) in economic development. It provides a global overview of ICT trends and policies in developing countries, covering issues such as financing infrastructure, the importance of public-private partnerships and effective competition to extending access, using ICT in doing business and formulating national e-strategies. The ICT At-a-Glance tables for 144 economies show the most recent national data on key indicators of ICT development. The data enable assessment and comparison both over time and across economies to assess ICT capacity, performance, progress and opportunities.

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The IC4D report has been widely cited by media sources worldwide. Some of the coverage are listed below in chronological order.

The World Bank is not responsible for the views expressed in non-World Bank publications/articles. Nor is the World Bank endorsing the sources below. Furthermore, not all of the articles below are available for download due to copyright restrictions. If you would like a full copy of articles that are not available for download on our website, please contact the respective news sources.

TelecomTV's coverage of the IC4D Press Launch, held during the World Telecommunication for Development Conference in Doha, Qatar - 9 March 2006 (free subscription required for access)

World Bank expects huge ICT investment in developing states
by Agence France Presse, MSN Arabia Technology News,  Yahoo News - 9-10 March 2006

Nigeria, 121 ohers get $200bn investment
by African News Dimension - 9 March 2006 (subscription required for access)

Local net users crawling: study
by The Australian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph,, The Manly Daily, Northern Territory News, The Courier Mail - 9 March 2006

Australian web access running at a crawl
by Sydney Morning Herald, 7News, nineMSN Australia - 9 March 2006

Australia lags on the internet front: World Bank
by Sydney Morning Herald - 10 March 2006

Australia crawls along information superhighway
by ComputerWorld - 10 March 2006

Public-Private Partnerships, effective competition, vital to extend reach and use of ICT
by Ireland Business NewseGov - 9-10 March 2006

Australia lags on the internet front: World Bank
by Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age - 9-10 March 2006

Improving information technology quality and access will make developing economies more efficient and competitive, notes World Bank report
by - 10 March 2006

WB quantifies IT investment benefit in developing countries
by Business News Americas - 10 March 2006

by An-Nahar, 10 March 2006

World Bank expects huge ICT investment in developing states
by, Today OnlineBangladesh Observer, The Bangladesh Today, South China Morning Post (requires subscription to access), World Bank Press Reviews - 10-11 March 2006

Developing nations need better ICT policies
by The Peninsula - 11 March 2006

Study: Net growth fastest in Mideast, North Africa
by Gulf Times - 11 March 2006

Information flow in developing country increases
by Xin Hua Net and People's Daily Online - 11 March 2006

Growth of sector is key for all economies: world body
by Gulf Times - 11 March 2006

Improved ICT access to boost economies
by ITREALMS - 12 March 2006

Polish Telecom Market Comes of Age
by Polish News Bulletin - 13 March 2006 (subscription required for access)

NZ at snailpace in cyberspace
by - 13 March 2006

New report into global telecoms development
by Cellular News UK - 13 March 2006

Developing world still lags behind in ICT - World Bank
by Ghanaian Chronicle - 14 March 2006

Web speed slow as a snail
by - 14 March 2006

Internet usage quadrupled in five years - Report
by Daily Champion Lagos - 16 March 2006

Public-private collaboration key to bridging the digital divide
by Engineering News Online - 17 March 2006

Les partenariats public-privé et la concurrence efficace sont indispensables pour élargir la portée et l’utilisation des TIC, selon la Banque mondiale
by Wanadoo Madagascar - 27 March 2006

United Nations Radio Article and Interview with Senior Economist and IC4D Editor, Christine Qiang
28 March 2006

IT critical to global growth
by United Press International - 5 April 2006

Investment key to growth
by Washington Times - 5 April 2006

Competition key to IT growth
by United Press International (free subscription required for access), M&C Tech, PhysOrg and The Post Chronicle - 5 April 2006

Digital Divide Narrows
by TMCnet - 10 April 2006

The ICT sector: crossing the hurdles, reaping the benefits
by Stabroek News - 5 May 2006


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