A Global South Strategy to Leverage the Digital Transformation for Development
World Trade Organization, Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Aid for Trade Series (2019)
4 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2019
Date Written: June 17, 2019
The digital transformation provides developing economies new opportunities to leapfrog industrial age infrastructure, to draw on the vast knowledge spillovers from the internet, to take advantage of new markets offered by digital platforms and to exploit production possibilities enabled by digital technologies. It also increases the distance to the technological frontier as leading-edge countries race forward, creates new competitive challenges in capturing production mandates in tasks that can be automated and poses daunting new governance challenges. Developing countries can leverage the valuable data they generate, given their population size, rapid adoption of mobile technology and digital procurement potential, to improve the bargains they strike with advanced country suppliers and platforms and in trade negotiations.
Keywords: digital transformation, data-driven economy, industry 4.0, developing economies, Global South, economic governance, leapfrog economic development, knowledge spillovers, technology acquisition
JEL Classification: F63, O32, O47
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