Today, Monday, the United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries in Doha discussed the issue of bridging the digital divide between rich and poor countries.
when United Nations conference On the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) held in Doha on Monday 6 March, world leaders discussed the issue of bridging the digital divide between rich and poor countries. They discussed the two most fundamental obstacles facing LDCs: how to make better use of science, technology and innovation (STI) and how to promote structural transformations that can help overcome the real obstacles facing people on the margins of society.
As a report reveals that two-thirds of the population of the least developed countries is still offline, the United Nations says that science, technology and innovation (STI) can play a vital role in the efforts of the least developed countries to eradicate poverty, and move towards sustainability. development and become globally competitive. However, these weak countries are often unable to reap the full economic and social benefits of technological development due to structural limitations.
“The reality and impact of the current inequalities is stark for the millions of people living in least developed countries: there is no point in the Internet if you can’t connect to the Internet and it doesn’t matter that you can connect to the Internet if you can’t. I don’t know how to use a browser.”According to the United Nations in a statement.
A new report from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) shows that the digital divide between the least developed countries and the rest of the world is, in fact, showing no signs of narrowing. While the share of the LDC population using the Internet has increased from 4% to 36% since 2011, the fact remains that two-thirds of the population remains offline.
The Forum also focused on improving digital connectivity as an engine of progress in LDCs, as well as improving agricultural and rural development.
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