Can National Information Infrastructures Enhance Social Development in the Least Developed Countries? An Empirical Investigation
The need for national information infrastructures (NII) in the worldâ€™s least developed countries (LDCs) tends to be overshadowed by the nationâ€™s severe deficiencies in physical infrastructure. Consequently NII may be inadequately addressed by governments and supporting agencies in their plans for stimulating social growth. The example of Singaporeâ€™s TradeNet and other lesser-developed countries developing national, electronic information infrastructures, suggests that information technology infrastructure may enable an LDC to develop at a particularly advanced rate. This paper studies the relationship of information infrastructure and social development. It establishes a clear correlation between 1) levels of information infrastructure and social development, and 2) growth rates of information infrastructure and social development. The findings suggest that governments of LDCs may enhance their countriesâ€™ growth by developing strategic plans for NII development.
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