RP lags behind in newest network readiness index

THE Philippines slipped a few notches in a list of network-ready economies, lagging behind its neighbors, a Switzerland-based group said.

In the latest Global Information Technology Report 2008 to 2009 of the World Economic Forum, the Philippines dropped to 85th place out of 134 countries in terms of network-readiness. In the previous poll, the Philippines ranked 81st.

The report underlines that good education fundamentals and high levels of technological readiness and innovation are essential engines of growth needed to overcome the current economic crisis.

The Networked Readiness Index examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively on three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of the three key stakeholder groups individuals, businesses and governments – to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies available.

Topping the list is Denmark, followed by Sweden and United States, respectively.

Singapore, the only Asian country which placed in the top 10 rankings, came in fourth, followed by Switzerland and Finland.

Also included in the top 10 were Iceland, Norway, Netherlands and Canada.

“The development story of the most networked countries in the world, including the Nordic countries, Singapore and the United States among others, has owed much to a consistent focus in the national agenda on education excellence, innovation and an extensice ICT access. This success stands as a reminder for leaders in both the public and private sectors not to lose on ICT as an important enabler of growth and competitiveness in times of crisis,” said Irene Mia, senior economist of the Global Competitiveness Network at the WEF and co-editor of the report.

Other Asian countries which fared better than the Philippines’ were South Korea, 11th; Hong Kong, 12th: Taiwan, 13th: Japan, 17th: Malaysia, 28th: China, 46th: Thailand, 47th; Brunei, 63rd; Vietnam, 70th: and Indonesia, 83rd.

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