U.S./world – Plugged-in wealth – Tool for growth

A new report says poorer countries can raise their standard of living by changing their laws, building technology support systems and training workers to use the Web, the Associated Press reported July 16.

Less developed countries should use information technology to create jobs, attract investment and sell high-tech products and handmade crafts on the global market, says the report by the Digital Opportunity Initiative.

The initiative – consisting of the United Nations Development Program, Markle Foundation in New York and consulting firm Accenture – recommends that poor countries set new policies in the area of technology infrastructure, development of human skills, entrepreneurship, government policy and the creation on of local Web content.

“This is not about technology for technology’s sake,” said Vernon Ellis, Accenture’s international chairman. “We need to encourage local entrepreneurs to use information technology to generate the wealth that can fund a whole range of social needs.”

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