Launch of The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015

Launch of The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015

The World Economic Forum launches the 2015 edition of the Global Information Technology Report with the support of PwC’s Strategy&.

The report provides a comprehensive assessment of networked readiness, or how prepared an economy is to apply the benefits of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to promote economic growth and well-being.

Published under the theme "ICTs for Inclusive Growth", this year’s report reveals that the world’s developing and emerging economies are failing to exploit the potential of ICTs to drive social and economic transformation and catch up with more advanced nations.

Data from the report’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which measures 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use, and leverage ICTs, suggests that the gap between the best and worst performing economies is widening.

Those in the top 10% have seen twice the level of improvement since 2012 as those in the bottom 10%. 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.

read the foreword by Cesare Mainardi, Chief Executive Officer, Strategy&, on weforum.org >

read the chapter authored by Strategy& experts on weforum.org >


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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. The city state replaces Finland, which had been number one since 2013.
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The world’s developing and emerging economies are failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to drive social and economic transformation and catch up with more advanced nations.

Past Global Information Technology Reports

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Addressing the new digital divide is key for balanced growth. The stalling of progress is worrisome for emerging and developing nations, which are at risk of missing out on many positive impacts ICTs bring.
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The mass adoption of digital applications is proving to be a powerful means of delivering services, highly disruptive of multiple industries, and a wealth and jobs creator.
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Over the past decade, the Global Information Technology Report series, has become the most comprehensive and respected international assessment of the preparedness of economies to leverage the networked economy.
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Sweden and Singapore topped the rankings in 2010-2011, confirming the leadership of the Nordic countries and the Asian Tiger economies in adopting and implementing ICT advances for increased growth and development.