ICT Policy

All sustainable information societies need a national ICT plan to get there. It’s just that simple. The process is not easy: government officials must recognize the need for an official policy. Then, they must collaborate with stakeholders. A draft process can take years. Finalizing plan can take even longer. Still, a 20-year vision is worth the effort.

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