The State of the Digital Economy in the Commonwealth

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution presents significant opportunities and challenges for the Commonwealth. It has the potential to provide a significant source of new growth for all Commonwealth economies. However, because Commonwealth countries are at different stages in their economic, social and technological development, it will require innovative approaches to both policy and policy-making to narrow the digital divide, overcome the challenges and take advantage of this new age.

This first volume in the Commonwealth Connectivity Series explores some of the issues facing policy-makers in the Commonwealth. It provides policy recommendations that Commonwealth members can use to address the challenges and realise the benefits of the digital age.



Building Inclusive and Sustainable Digital Economies

This chapter considers the impact of digital technologies and the changing dynamics of international trade on inclusive development and green growth. It explores how digitalisation impacts on inclusive development in terms of opportunities for small states, youth empowerment and women. It presents the gaps which exist among Commonwealth countries and suggests how these could be addressed using digital technologies. It then focuses on sustainable development in the digital age, noting that digital technologies have significant potential to boost such development in Commonwealth countries.


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