UAE ranks high in global IT report

World Economic Forum releases annual Global Information Technology Report that also recognises advancements in Qatar

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 29, 2009

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have been ranked high in the list of nations that are technologically ready to fuel economic growth.

The Global Information Technology Report is produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in cooperation with the leading international business school INSEAD. Covering 134 economies worldwide, the eight edition of the report focused on the relationship between mobility and ICT under the theme: Mobility in a Networked World.

It uses a Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to analyse how countries use ICT effectively on three levels - the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of key stakeholders to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies available.

Denmark was ranked at the top of the NRI index this year, followed by Sweden and the United States. Countries from the Middle East also made its mark, with the UAE and Qatar ranking in the top 30 of the index.

The UAE moved up two places from the number 29 position it held in last year’s WEF report to reach a commendable 27 rank in this year’s 2008-2009 index. Qatar also made significant strides – moving from being ranked 32 in last year’s report to 29 this year.

“…This success stands as a reminder for leaders in both the public and private sectors not to lose focus on ICT as an important enabler of growth and competitiveness in times of crisis,” commented Irene Mia, senior economist of the Global Competitiveness Network at the World Economic Forum and co-editor of the report.

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