by: Randeep Sudan, Seth Ayers, Philippe Dongier, Arturo Muente-Kunigami, Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang
Rapid advances in information technology (IT) and the resulting
global connectivity are fueling dynamic growth in the services sector.
Demand for IT and IT-enabled services (ITES) is estimated to represent
a $500 billion annual market, of which only about 20 percent has been
realized. Thus, this sector is creating new opportunities for economic
growth, social empowerment, and grassroots innovation in developing
countries. The potential for employment for youth and women is a
This book is a practical guide for policy makers aiming to grow
their IT services and ITES industries. It defines the development
impact of the two industries and then analyzes factors crucial to the
competitiveness of a country or location—including skills, cost
advantages, infrastructure, and a hospitable business environment. It
examines the potential competitiveness of small countries and of least
developed countries specifically.
This volume presents the Location Readiness Index, a modeling tool
developed by McKinsey & Company for the World Bank and the
Information Development Program. The index helps countries to identify
their areas of relative strengths and weaknesses and to focus their
efforts on interventions with the greatest likelihood for success. The
book concludes by discussing specific policy options for enabling
growth in the IT services and ITES industries.
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