Measuring the economic contribution of the ICT sector in Ethiopia

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The paper shows that the ICT sector has contributed above 4 per cent to the GDP. Moreover, it has contributed to the diversification of the export sector, bringing much needed hard currency and supporting the value addition in the economy. Over time, the urban-rural divide in ICT commodities consumption has come down, and both rural and urban rich households spent a similar share of their expenditure on ICT goods and services in 2016. Moreover, we have shown that the ICT sector gives a big boost to non-ICT domestic production. Our findings confirm that the ICT sector is important as a producer of final goods and services and intermediate inputs.