ROLE OF ICT IN ATTAINING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: GLOBAL FORUM
The ICT sector has established to be a strong driver of GDP growth in nations across the globe. From developing countries, to developed nations, the ICT sector has contributed to the success of each of these country’s economies, the development of its people’s skills and potential and positioning the country as a place for international organization to more efficiently do business.
The expansion of information and communications technology and worldwide connectivity has huge possibility to speed up human growth, to connect the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies. ICT is competent for boosting the means of execution of long term development goals by nurturing global collaboration and coordination, encouragement of technology transfer and capacity building, strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships, facilitating data monitoring and accountability. ICT provides a vital role in attaining the sustainable development, particularly in rising information and knowledge societies.
ICT are open access to academic research, clearness in making informed decisions, and platforms for online partnership for co-creation, learning and work. By increasing access to information and knowledge, ICT minimizes difference within and among nation. This makes possible social and economic progress, even to disadvantaged part of society, such as persons with disabilities. There is no doubt that access to developed technologies has grown so fast and yet the remarkable gains are still in weak position by existing gap in ICT access between and within countries, between urban and rural settings, among men and women, and boys and girls. A major digital divide is still in place, with more people offline than online and particularly poor access in vulnerable developing nations. The challenge now is to bring the rest of the world online and ensuring that no one is left behind.