Sweden tops rankings in WEF global IT report

21:17, March 25, 2010      

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Sweden has topped a major global index as the country that best uses information technology and communications (ICT).

The Networked Readiness Index was released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday as part of the Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010, which highlights the role of ICT in building a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable world.

Sweden was followed by Singapore and Denmark, which was in the No. 1 position for the previous three years.

"Sweden, Singapore and Denmark's superior capacity to leverage ICT as an enabler of sustainable, long-term economic growth is built on similar premises, relating with a long-standing focus placed by governments and private sectors alike on education, innovation and ICT access and diffusion," said Irene Mia, senior economist of the WEF's Global Competitiveness Network and co-editor of the report.

"The success of these countries underlines the importance of a joint ICT vision and implementation by all the different stakeholders in a society or a country to take full advantage of ICT advances in its daily life and overall competitiveness strategy," Mia said.

Published for the ninth consecutive year with an extensive coverage of 133 economies worldwide, the report is widely considered the world's most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations.

Other economies in the top 10 of the ranking include Switzerland, the United States, Finland, Canada, China's Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Norway. China and India rank 37th and 43rd, respectively, far ahead of other emerging economies.

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 in a society -- individuals, businesses and governments -- to use and benefit from ICT; and the actual use of the latest ICT technologies.

The index uses a combination of data from publicly available sources, as well as the results of the Executive Opinion Survey, a comprehensive annual survey conducted by the WEF with its network of partner institutes (leading research institutes and business organizations) in the countries included in the report.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, the WEF is an independent international organization with a proclaimed aim of improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Source: Xinhua
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