ICT visioning statement
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Abudaka, Mashhour;
International Livestock Research Institute;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa African Center for Statistics;
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The current crisis in Palestine has impacted the local economy in a drastic way, many businesses have closed or physically destroyed by the Israeli occupation army, unemployment and poverty have substantially increased. However, IT business and activities have increased; the number of internet users has reached 8% of the total population when it was 2.5% just before the Intifada has started two years and half ago. Businesses, universities and even some schools and individuals have relied on the internet and other IT tools to overcome physical barriers, curfews and nonexistence of postal services. The Palestinian universities helped by expatriate Palestinian communities and individuals have lead the way to utilize IT technologies to connect and communicate with outside world. Young and well educated Palestinian professionals have established their own IT businesses to fill the existing needs of a young and educated population. The IT business community is very flexible and was easily adaptable to the Palestinian situation.