Transforming the E...

Transforming the East African ICT Sector by Creating a Business Engine for SMEs

Report on policy interventions needed to support SME-driven ICT economic growth

The ICT sector has driven up to 40% of economic growth in East Africa in the past 10 years. Most of that growth has been in large companies; the next phase can be led by SMEs, as long as the necessary and targeted policy interventions are made:

  • Develop a fully connected SME network
  • Fill the skills gap in advanced business and technical knowledge
  • Provide start-up and early stage funding for companies
  • Enable job creation for knowledge workers, and
  • Upgrade the business environment

These policy interventions can address the system-wide challenges that ICT-related SMEs in East Africa face, and allow SMEs to create more of the quality jobs East Africa needs.

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