In today’s digital economy, the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, applications and services is growing at an alarming rate. Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and robotics are increasingly being introduced.

As a result, there is need for new knowledge and skills. Support to countries and industry in their efforts to match current skills with the new jobs created, as a result of the rapid technological developments, has become a priority.

Furthermore, least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states continue to be faced with connectivity constraints that hinder the delivery of the much-needed ICT training in the desired quality as and when it is needed.

These connectivity constraints also result from limited or lack of human and financial resources, and the absence of a conducive policy environment to support digital skills development.