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ICT ranking: Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt crash


 
The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) managed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shown that South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria were ranked low on the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development, reports ITRealms.

While South Africa fell five places and now ranks 75th; Egypt dropped three places to now rank 94th; Nigeria's position dropped seven places to 119th.

ITRealms also gathered that even though ranking below South Africa, Kenya's position appeared more impressive as it actually climbed six places to 86th position in the global record.

NRI, the report said, is a crucial indicator of a country's capacity and readiness to execute and take full advantage of ICTs in businesses, economic development and global competitiveness. 

The 2015 edition of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR),  ITRealms learnt, is released to provide benefits for entire populations of countries assessed.

The Managing Director of WEF, Espen Barth Eide, said "advanced economies have not yet reached their full potential thus struggling with persistently high unemployment, rising inequalities, and fiscal challenges. Emerging markets and developing economies are facing stronger headwinds than before and need to adjust their development models to ensure economic growth and a more broad-based distribution of gains".

Eide disclosed that the impact of ICTs extends well beyond productivity gains and acts as a vector of social development and transformation by improving access to basic services, enhancing connectivity, and creating employment opportunities, ITRealms gathered.

GITR, ITRealms reports, is published by WEF in partnership with Cornell University and INSEAD since 2001, and has measured the major players of the ICT revolution using the NIR.

Cyriacus Nnaji/ GEE

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