Greece slides down dig­i­tal readi­ness list

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Ac­cord­ing to the Dig­i­tal Readi­ness In­dex, which re­flects, among other pa­ram­e­ters, how ready coun­tries are to reap the ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy and cap­i­tal­ize on the op­por­tu­ni­ties emerg­ing from the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion, Greece is the worst per­former among Euro­pean Union mem­ber-states.

A study by the Global Eco­nomic Fo­rum pre­sented by the Fed­er­a­tion of Hellenic In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions En­ter­prises (SEPE), showed Greece rank­ing 70th among 139 coun­tries, while a year ago it had been 66th among 143 coun­tries sur­veyed. Ac­cord­ing to SEPE, Greece again scored 4.1 points in this year’s as­sess­ment, while other coun­tries have im­proved their grades, ris­ing above Greece, in­clud­ing Bulgaria, which for the first time has over­taken Greece to rise to 69th.

SEPE noted that this neg­a­tive pic­ture high­lights the im­me­di­ate need for the for­ma­tion of an in­te­grated dig­i­tal strat­egy through which the coun­try will be able to re­verse its ex­ist­ing dig­i­tal deficit, mak­ing full use of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of­fered through the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the econ­omy and so­ci­ety at large.

Greece has tra­di­tion­ally been a lag­gard at adopt­ing in­no­va­tion and re­forms with the help of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, and only in 2007 did it man­age to climb to the 48th spot among 122 coun­tries in the world.

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