Sweden and Singapore continue to top the ranking of the Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, released April 12 by the World Economic Forum, which confirms the leading position of the Nordic countries and the Asian tigers in the adoption and implementation of ICT for increased growth and development of their economies.
Finland jumped to the third place, while Switzerland and the United States remained fourth and fifth, respectively. Nordic countries in general are best placed. Denmark and Norway are 7th and 9th, both in the top 10. However, Iceland is ranked 16th.
Led by Singapore in second position, the Asian economies have continued to rise in the ranking. Taiwan, China and South Korea have moved to the 6th, 10th and 12th place, respectively.
As for Tunisia, it won 4 places in the global ranking, thus preserving its 1st rank in Africa and 5th in the Arab world, preceded by the UAE (24), Qatar (25), Bahrain (30) and Saudi Arabia (33).
The 10th edition of the report focuses on the ability of ICT to transform societies in the next decade, thanks to their potential for modernization and innovation. “Innovation and new technologies have proved a vital instrument for long-term growth, with countless social and economic benefits, including the ability to significantly improve the lives of people around the world … Countries fully integrating the new technologies and using them to renew their strategies for development and growth, lay the groundwork for their future competitiveness and resilience of their economies, “said Alan Marcus, Senior Director and Head of ICT at the World Economic Forum