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The Gambia - Digital Economy Diagnostic (Inglês)

Digital technologies are paving the way for new economic growth and service delivery models across Africa and beyond, particularly in the wake of the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. At the same time, the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to build back and forward better, as emerging evidence suggests that affordable access to and productive use of digital technologies can not only help countries respond to emergencies but also stimulate long-term, economy-wide inclusive productivity growth, poverty reduction, and job creation. The rapid adoption of digital technologies in the global economy has meant their benefits are widely dispersed and their indirect aggregate growth impacts are difficult to estimate, as they have effectively become a factor of production. The usage of digital technologies has positive correlations with economic growth and inclusion across countries of different income levels and is directly linked to the World Bank Group’s (WBG’s) twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. In this context, relying on the digital economy for Africa methodology, the report conducts a timely diagnostic of the state of the digital economy in the Gambia.




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