Sudan's Industry and its rich cultural heritage are important assets in today's increasingly globalised and digitised world. Sudan must tap these assets, help its industries evolve and ensure that all regions benefit.
The communications and media industries (see the Industry and especially the Content & Services theme) are among the most promising sectors in Sudan's economy. Sudan's cultural industries - audiovisual, media, publishing, libraries, museums and more - are well placed to supply that content, but they must evolve in this rapidly changing world.
This is not just a new market opportunity for this sector, however. More compelling online content will make completely new products and services possible, stimulating growth in the entire communications industry. And everyone wins when they can visit Sudan's best museums and libraries or watch Sudani film productions online from their living rooms and school desks.
Anytime, anyplace access to content and services, however, poses both regulatory and technical questions. Suppliers will find it impossible to deliver new services unless great changes being made in both regulatory and technical systems, while the management of online rights must be improved. The right legal conditions across Sudan are therefore essential to the growth of innovative products and services.
Information and communication technologies provide a whole range of opportunities for using Sudan's rich cultural and scientific resources. Digital libraries make cultural resources more easily accessible and open new ways for people to experience their cultural heritage, and digital preservation helps keeping the past and the present for the future. Also Sudan's cultural, telecommunications and IT industries need to work together if they are to develop advanced, interoperable technologies and services.