• PH advances 8 notches in WEF ICT ranking

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    The Philippines has gained another upgrade in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) report as it advances eight notches in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014.

    The country’s Network Readiness Index (NRI) has improved from rank 86 out of 144 economies in 2013 to rank 78 among 148 countries.

    The NRI measures the competitiveness of a country’s information and communications technology (ICT) and its impact to the well-being of the citizens.

    The latest report has assessed the ICT preparedness and competitiveness of the countries through four sub-indices including:

    –environment sub-index, measuring business and innovation environment, and the political and regulatory framework;

    –readiness sub-index, evaluating the ICT infrastructure cost of access and the presence of the necessary skills to ensure an optimal use;

    –usage sub-index, assessing uptake and use of ICT among governments, business and individuals; and

    –impact sub-index, rating the economic and social impacts accruing from ICT.

    The country has improved in three out of four indices and maintaining its position in one index.

    On environment sub-index, the Philippines advanced 10 spots ranking 90th in GITR 2014 from last year’s rank 100.

    On readiness sub-index, the country ranked 81st from previous report’s ranking of 85th; improving by four notches.

    On usage sub-index, the country remained at 76th place.

    Lastly, the Philippines leapfrogged by six places to rank 62 from rank 68.

    Despite improving in the global ranking in ICT report, the country still lags among ASEAN-6.

    This is after Singapore spots at rank two; Malaysia ranked 30th; Brunei Darussalam placed 45th; Indonesia at 64th; and Thailand at 67th.

    The Philippines is only ahead of Vietnam at 84th place; Cambodia placed at 108th; Laos at 109th; and Myanmar at 146th.

    ICT is crucial in the progress of a country as it brings further innovation, economic competitiveness, and greater social inclusion according to the report. PNA

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