IT: Nigeria ranks 113th glob­ally, 13th in Africa

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

Nigeria ranked 133 out of 148 coun­tries on the 2014 Net­worked Readi­ness In­dex (NRI), ac­cord­ing to the Global In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Re­port (GITR) re­leased yes­ter­day.

Pub­lished un­der the theme: “Re­wards and Risks of Big Data,” the re­port’s Net­worked Readi­ness In­dex (NRI) mea­sured the ca­pac­ity of 148 economies to lever­age ICT for growth and well-be­ing.

In the in­dex, which started more than 13 years, Nigeria ranked 13th in Africa, where Mau­ri­tius topped the list fol­lowed by South Africa and Tu­nisia which were placed as num­ber 48, 70 and 87 glob­ally, re­spec­tively.

Other coun­tries ahead of Nigeria in Africa are Cape Verde (89TH), Egypt (91st), Kenya (92nd), Ghana (96th), Morroco (99th), Botswana (103rd) Gam­bia (107th) Zam­bia (110th).

The re­port found con­sis­tency at the top end of the rank­ings this year, with Fin­land (1st), Sin­ga­pore (2nd), Swe­den (3rd), the Nether­lands (4th), Nor­way (5th) and Switzer­land (6th) all re­tain­ing their po­si­tions from last year.

The United States (7th) con­tin­ued its up­ward tra­jec­tory, while Hong Kong SAR (8th) and the Repub­lic of Korea (10th) both climbed. The United King­dom (9th) is the only na­tion in the top 10 that de­clined.

Lower down the In­dex, many large emerg­ing economies con­tin­ued to strug­gle to re­alise their full dig­i­tal po­ten­tial.

China (62nd), Brazil (69th), Mex­ico (79th) and In­dia (83rd) all dropped in the rank­ings.

How­ever, coun­tries that have de­vel­oped a strong vi­sion to de­velop their ICT ca­pac­ity did well, such as the United Arab Emi­rates (24th), Kaza­khstan (38th) or Panama (43rd), which all im­proved.

The re­port said at present, the world is slowly emerg­ing from one of the worst fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic crises in decades, and pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness lead­ers, and civil so­ci­ety are look­ing into new op­por­tu­ni­ties that can con­sol­i­date growth, gen­er­ate new em­ploy­ment, and cre­ate busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies (ICTs) con­tinue to rank high on the list as one of the key sources of new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The re­port said lit­tle progress was made in bridg­ing the dig­i­tal di­vide be­tween tech­nol­ogy savvy na­tions and oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the stalling of progress was wor­ri­some for emerg­ing and de­vel­op­ing na­tions, which are at risk of miss­ing out on many pos­i­tive im­pacts in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nolo­gies (ICT), in­clud­ing in­creased in­no­va­tion, eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness and greater so­cial in­clu­sion.

The re­port noted that the ben­e­fits of ICT can only be fully de­rived when a coun­try im­ple­ments a holis­tic strat­egy aimed at cre­at­ing con­di­tions for skills, in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship to flour­ish along­side mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture.


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