UAE leads the Gulf on ICT
A report has ranked the UAE best among the Gulf countries on technology preparedness.
The UAE has been ranked the highest of the Gulf countries, in a new report assessing the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the development process and the competitiveness of nations.
At 29th, the UAE has slipped one place since its 2005 ranking. However, its high position reflects the fact that the UAE has been placing a growing emphasis on the role of ICT for development in recent years, with the launch of a number of ICT initiatives to create ICT-related clusters.
In its sixth year, and encompassing 122 economies, The Global Information Technology Report (GITR)'s ‘Networked Readiness Index' measures the propensity of countries to leverage the opportunities offered by ICT for development and increased competitiveness. It also establishes a broad international framework mapping out the enabling factors of such capacity.
The Index examines the preparedness of countries to use ICT effectively on three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of the three key stakeholders - individuals, businesses and governments - to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of the latest information and communication technology available.
The Gulf countries, except for Kuwait, down 8 positions to 54th this year, remain relatively stable in comparison to last year. Qatar (36) and Bahrain (50) both make the top 50. In the MENA region, Tunisia (35), Morocco (76) and Algeria (80) have all improved their networked readiness from last year, while Egypt is down 14 places to 77th.
Overall, the highest ranked country is Denmark, followed by its Scandinavian neighbour Sweden, and then Singapore.