I have voted in favor of this report, which supports increasing access to technology in developing countries as a tool to reduce poverty as well as a means of achieving sustainability goals worldwide. Currently, more than half of the world’s population does not have access to the internet; thus, digitalization represents an unexploited area with the potential to help level the playing field by reducing inequality on a global scale.
For instance, establishing a digital economy in least developed countries (LDCs) may act as a means of spurring economic development, including the creation of new jobs, growth, and export diversification. Moreover, increasing digitalization in developing countries may also act as a means of fighting the negative consequences of globalization, namely the loss of low-skilled jobs due to automation. Increasing digital literacy and skills in developing countries will therefore give these populations better access to information that could improve education and overall ability to obtain jobs as well as wages and living standards in general.
In essence, digitalization may offer people a chance of upward social mobility in countries where this has typically been very difficult for the majority of the population.