Trade Policy at Work

Establishing Data Centres in Developing Countries

The digital divide between under-connected and hyper-digitalized economies continues to widen. Many developing countries lack the capacities and infrastructure to harness digital data and technologies, at the risk of exacerbating existing inequalities. For instance, Africa and Latin America together account for less than 5 per cent of the world’s colocation data centres. As a growing number of developing countries aspires to catch up and establish data centres locally, this note reviews some of the main needs, good practices and successful experiences in doing so.