Friday, April 6, 2012

Ethiopia ranks 130th in global information technology report

Ethiopia has ranked 130th with a score of 2.85 among 142 countries in the World Economic Forum's Networked Readiness Index 2012.

In 2011, the country ranked 123rd among 138 countries. A year earlier it ranked 122nd among 133 countries.

According to the report, Sweden ranks first among 142 economies, followed by Singapore and Finland; the Nordic countries lead the ICT revolution. The United States, ranked 8th, benefits from strong ICT infrastructure, but weaknesses in the political and regulatory environment hinder its overall performance.

However, ICT readiness in sub-Saharan Africa is still low, with most countries showing significant lags in connectivity due to insufficient development of ICT infrastructure, which remains too costly, and displaying poor skill levels that do not allow for an efficient use of the available technology. Even in those countries where ICT infrastructure has been improved, ICT-driven impacts on competitiveness and well-being trail behind, resulting in a new digital divide.

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