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  • Privatisation of Telecommunications in the developing world: A lesson learnt, or a burden imposed?

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    Mr. Atip Latipulhayat, Monash University, Australia



    Privatisation has become an icon of economic and political reform in both developed and developing countries. It is hard to find a country without a privatisation program, and the telecommunications industry has become one of the leading candidates for privatisation. For developed countries, privatisation appears to be synonymous with the liberalisation of the sector. The establishment of WTO principles governing telecommunications services is clear evidence of their success in liberalising the sector. On the other hand, privatisation in developing countries has mostly been a condition imposed by international lending institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. This paper discusses the privatisation of telecommunications from the point of view of developing countries with particular attention to telecommunications privatisation in Indonesia. The author argues, unlike developed countries who regard privatisation and liberalization as a necessity, for developing countries it is no more than an international imposition.
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