News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 133 on 25 October 2002

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COMPETING IN WORLD ICT MARKETS - AFRICA NEEDS TO RAISE ITS GAME

25 October 2002

Africa imports nearly all its hardware and software and exports very little ICT work of any value to the rest of the world. Put simply, its ICT "balance of payments" is hopelessly skewed against it. Unless Africa gets a focus on the need to get into international markets it will find itself again playing the world’s poor relation. On the eve of AITEC’s African ICT Showcase taking place this week in the UK, Russell Southwood assesses what is missing out on and its best prospects for the future.   In broad terms there are four areas of ICT opportunity that…