Presentation on theme: "Information and Communication Technologies in EU Accession countries."— Presentation transcript:
Information and Communication Technologies in EU Accession countries
General Importance for economy-wide spillovers innovation /knowledge/information Specific to EU accession countries Relevance in EU/WTO negotiations Access to information historically has been intentionally limited Presence of more barriers to introduce competition Even larger gains from information/knowledge 1. Relevance of the ITC sector
2. Internet development in EU accession countries 2. Internet development in EU accession countries Source: ITU(2001) Internet hosts per 1000 inhabitants
3. Implications of ITC for the rest of the economy Restructure existing businesses Leap-frog stages of technology development Narrow the income and technology gap between East and West -- not fall behind but catch up Access to information, democracy
3.1 Internet bus users in EU accession countries Source: BEEPs, EBRD and WB, 1999.
3.2 Impact of ITC on enterprise performance Source: BEEPs, EBRD and WB, 1999.
3.2 Impact of ITC on enterprise performance (ctd) Source: BEEPs, EBRD and WB, 1999.
4. Conclusions ITC represents a great opportunity for EU accession countries to accelerate progress in the transition process However, for the ITC to make a solid contribution to long term growths of markets, it must be allowed to work and not be held back by non-supportive regulatory frameworks.