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Impact of policy initiatives on the adoption of internet technologies by Jamaican SMEs - some initial findings

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Abstract

The advent of the Internet and its subsequent proliferation into most aspect of society and commerce has propelled ICT to the forefront of innovation. Its ubiquitous nature and the varied business opportunities it presents are beneficial to all organizations irrespective of size or location. SMEs contribution to employment and GDP has motivated initiatives targeting these companies to facilitate their adoption of ICT. The interventions by institutions in developing countries are crucial to the success of technology transfer, and the strategic positioning of local organizations. This paper looks at policies in Jamaica and in particular the role of government and AID supported projects. It will highlight the objectives outlined in the national strategic plan for ICT and how these policies translate into initiatives that support the growth and use of ICT. Empirical data from a case will illustrate how participating in these initiatives has facilitated adoption of e-business by the firm.