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The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006
Leveraging ICT for Development
 
 
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The use and application of ICT continues to be an important factor driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with INSEAD, is pleased to announce the release of the fifth edition of the annual Global Information Technology Report - a comprehensive tool for measuring the progress made in the adoption of the latest information and communication technologies and identifying the obstacles to ICT development in over 100 countries worldwide. The Networked Readiness Index included in the report provides the most comprehensive assessment of how prepared an economy is to capture the benefits of technology to promote economic growth and productivity. This study explicitly considers the roles played by the major
stakeholders - individuals, businesses and governments, in relation to three dimensions: the environment for the development and use of ICT, the readiness of stakeholders to leverage the potential of ICT, and the degree of usage of ICT. The selection of insightful essays, detailed country profiles for more than 100 economies and data tables on approximately 70 different ICT indicators presented in the report provide a useful guide for the design and formulation of policy measures aimed at capturing the benefits of ICT.


Description

The use and application of ICT continues to be an important factor driving economic growth. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with INSEAD, is pleased to announce the release of the fifth edition of the annual Global Information Technology Report - a comprehensive tool for measuring the progress made in the adoption of the latest information and communication technologies and identifying the obstacles to ICT development in over 100 countries worldwide. The Networked Readiness Index included in the report provides the most comprehensive assessment of how prepared an economy is to capture the benefits of technology to promote economic growth and productivity. This study explicitly considers the roles played by the major
stakeholders - individuals, businesses and governments, in relation to three dimensions: the environment for the development and use of ICT, the readiness of stakeholders to leverage the potential of ICT, and the degree of usage of ICT. The selection of insightful essays, detailed country profiles for more than 100 economies and data tables on approximately 70 different ICT indicators presented in the report provide a useful guide for the design and formulation of policy measures aimed at capturing the benefits of ICT.


Reviews

'[The] Global Information Technology Report is a must-read for decision makers in the Information and Communications Technologies arena. It provides a valuable roadmap for public-private partnerships to continue progress towards a more equitable information society.' - Erkki Liikanen, Formerly European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society

'The Global Information Technology Report series of the World Economic Forum aims to monitor the progress of networked readiness in more than 100 countries, highlighting the policy, institutional, and structural obstacles that prevent countries from fully capturing the benefits of ICT. It is thus a benchmarking tool that also gauges the extent to which best practices are spreading all over the world. Beyond the mere provision of an annual international cross-section of networked readiness, the publication of the Report also may be seen as a vehicle whereby governments, businesses and individuals can assess progress on a regular basis.' - Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

'In recent years, major economic research has revealed a correlation
between information and communication technologies (ICT), and gains in
productivity. The Global Information Technology Report provides valuable information for countries and companies in areas of opportunity and development to achieve greater participation in the global networked
economy.' - John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems



Contents

Preface; K.Schwab (World Economic Forum)
Foreword; J.Chambers (Cisco Systems, Inc.)
Executive Summary; S.Dutta (INSEAD), A.Lopez-Claros & I.Mia (World Economic Forum)
The Networked Readiness Index Rankings
PART 1: SELECTED ISSUES OF NETWORKED READINESS
Networked Readiness and the Benchmarking of ICT Competitiveness; S.Dutta & A.Jain (INSEAD)
The Infrastructure Challenge in Telecommunications: A Role for Regulation;
S.Beardsley, L.Enriquez, M.Guvendi, M.Lucas & A.Marschner (McKinsey & Company Inc.)
PART 2: PRODUCTIVITY-RELATED TOPICS
Innovation and Interactions: Wellspring of Competitive Advantage; D.Frosst (Cisco Systems, Inc.)
Information Technology and Productivity, or 'It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way that You Do I.T.'; J.Van Reenen & R.Sadun (Centre for Economic
Performance, London School of Economics)
An Emerging Opportunity for India: The Productivity of Interactions; N.R.Narayana Murthy (Infosys Technologies Ltd.)
PART 3: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CASE STUDIES
Information and Communication Technologies in Chile: Past Efforts, Future Challenges; C.Alvarez Voullième, C.Capdevila de la Cerda,
F.Flores Labra, A.Foxley Rioseco
& A.Navarro Haeussler (Fundación País Digital)
Israel: Factors in the Emergence of an ICT Powerhouse; A.Lopez-Claros & I.Mia (World Economic Forum)
The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on the Economic Competitiveness and Social Development of Taiwan; A.L.Dahl (International Environment Forum) & A.Lopez-Claros (World Economic Forum)
Connectivity Strategies to Enhance Competitiveness: The Mexican and Korean Experiences and Lessons for Latin America; R.A.V.Ramos & R.Villarreal Arrambide (Centro de Capital Intelectual y Competitividad)
PART 4: COUNTRY PROFILES
How to Read the Country Profiles
List of Countries
Country Profiles
PART 5: DATA PRESENTATION
How to Read the Data Tables
List of Data Tables
Data Tables
About the Authors
Partner Institutes
Acknowledgment


Authors

SOUMITRA DUTTA, is the Roland Berger Professor of Business and Technology and Dean for Executive Education at INSEAD. His research and consulting have focused on the interrelationships among innovation, technology, and organizational design. He has also conducted research into national ICT strategies and global ICT benchmarking in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. A fellow of the World Economic Forum, he has won several awards for research and pedagogy. His research has been showcased in prominent international media and he has taught in and consulted with leading international corporations.

AUGUSTO LOPEZ-CLAROS, is Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He has written and lectured extensively on a broad range of subjects, including aspects of economic reform in transition economies, economic integration, interdependence and cooperation, governance, peace, and issues in the reform of international organizations.

IRENE MIA, is a Senior Economist with the Global Competitiveness Programme at the World Economic Forum. Her responsibilities include researching competitiveness issues and developing the economic content for World Economic Forum activities. She is also in charge of the technical coordination of the Global Information Technology Report.