Knowledge is the new global asset, the very premise of progress
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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Information and communication technologies are not a luxury, but rather a tool for economic and social development. experts from governments, the private sector, civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations from both within and outside the continent, who are meeting under the theme "The Challenge to Africa of Globalization and the Information Age". In a keynote address on the theme of the conference at the opening plenary noted that despite the opportunities offered by globalization, hundreds of millions of people were living in desperate poverty, while countries most in need of trade and investment were being bypassed. "Many people experience globalization not as agent of progress, but as a disruptive force capable of destroying jobs and traditions in the blink of an eye". So even as we welcome the good that globalization has brought and can bring in the future, we must also lament the ills that too often come with it. Our challenge is, therefore, to make globalization work better in producing equitable growth.