Press release: First ‘Emerge’ Progress Report Launched at Telecom World

Supporting tech-SMEs to scale and connect with new market opportunities

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) – including cloud computing and the rise of software-as-a-service – has reduced the cost of innovation and market access, allowing small tech businesses to compete with established industries. This was one of the key findings of the Emerge Publication which was launched today at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok, Thailand. The publication provides a review of micro, small and medium sized-enterprises in the ICT sector (tech MSMEs), as well as the environment and stakeholders which support these firms to grow and create jobs.

“The future of SMEs will be enabled by ICTs,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General. ”Cloud computing, smart grids, smart metering, reducing energy consumption and much more will be key to the environments that allow SMEs to grow and that, in turn, will be transformed by SMEs.”

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