LDCs in the Digital Age

How to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The answer seems to be that LDCs are making progress and firmly advancing, but to accelerate that process they require multilateral policy support.

Policies to support the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) were discussed during the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries as held on 25 -26 November 2021 in Vienna International Center.

The document “Propelling LDCs in the Digital Age: a 4IR Perspective for Sustainable Development” was presented during the session “Mainstreaming the 4IR in LDCs through Science, Technology and Innovation”. The document is a result of a collaborative effort by UNIDO, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), and the UN Technology Bank for LDCs (UNTBLDC).

The session was opened by Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento, Managing Director of Directorate of Digitization, Technology and Agribusiness, UNIDO; Pedro Fernandes Lopes, Secretary of State for Innovation and Vocational Training of the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde; Lugano Wilson, Director of Industries, Tanzania Ministry of Industry and Trade. Also, the distinguished speakers included Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of EIF; Joshua Setipa, Managing Director of the UNTBLDC; Ravi Gupta, CEO of Tambourine Innovation Ventures; and Sabien Dall’Omo, Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

Read the publication here.

For more information contact Marco Kamiya (M.Kamiya [at] unido.org (M).Kamiya [at] unido.org)