Sub-Saharan Africa’s information technology performance is disappointing, this is according to The Global Information Technology Report 2015.
The report states that 30 of the 31 countries included in the sample appear in the bottom half of the Global Information Technology Report 2015 Executive Summary Networked Readiness Index (NRI) rankings.
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The only exception in the region is Mauritius, which appears in the top half at 45th.
“This country has progressed three places since last year and eight since 2012,” said the report.
“Among the large economies of the region, Nigeria drops seven places to 119th. South Africa drops five to 75th—it is now third in the region behind Mauritius and Seychelles (74th). In contrast, Kenya (86th, up six) has been slowly improving since 2012.”
The report also shows the world’s emerging economies failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to drive social and economic transformation.
Data from the report’s NRI - which measures 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICTs - revealed that the gap between the best and worst performing economies was widening.
Those in the top 10 per cent have seen twice the level of improvement since 2012 as those in the bottom 10 per cent.
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“This demonstrates the scale of the challenge facing developing and emerging nations as they seek to develop the infrastructure, institutions and skills needed to reap the full benefits of ICTs, as only 39 per cent of the global population enjoys access to the internet despite the fact that more than half now owns a mobile phone,” read the WEF statement.
The 2015 edition of the NRI ranks Singapore as the top country in the world when it comes to leveraging ICTs for social and economic impact.