Asia leads in imports and exports of ICT goods: UN Trade agency

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The total of worldwide imports of information and communication technology (ICT) products reached about $2 trillion in 2012, according to the latest data released by the UN trade agency UNCTAD.

The Global Imports of ICT goods report puts mobile phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets, chips and microchips among the top products traded globally.

The Asian developing economies are in the lead when it comes to both imports and exports, with China at the top, says Torbjorn Fredriksson, an ICT analyst at UNCTAD.

"If we look at the largest exporters then China is clearly in a league by itself. It counted for about 30 per cent alone of the total export market for goods in ICT in 2012. Then you have other East Asian economies like Hong Kong China, Singapore, Taiwan China and the Republic of Korea. Otherwise you have the Southeast Asian economies such as Malaysia, Thailand and also the Philippines that are significant players."

Asia is also a competitive hub for the production of ICT goods, Mr. Frederiksson observes.

Meanwhile, mobile phones remain the second most traded ICT item in the world after integrated circuits like chips or microchips with a global value of $190 billion.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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