World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday released the latest edition of The Global Information Technology Report 2010 – 2011: Transformation 2.0 report. The annual report ranks a total of 138 countries worldwide, using its Networked Readiness Index (NRI).
- A total of 19 Asian countries in the 2010-2011 NRI list, out of 138 countries worldwide.
- 5 Asian countries are in the top 20 of this year’s NRI list – Singapore (2nd), Taiwan (5), South Korea (10), Hong Kong (12), and Japan (19).
- Singapore is the most networked nation in Asia. The Southeast Asian city-state ranked second in the world, behind Sweden.
- Singapore is also the only Asian country ranked higher than the United States (no. 5 worldwide).
- Malaysia ranked first among Upper-middle Income group of countries. Malaysia is also the only upper-middle income country in the top 30 overall. The country’s score increased from 4.65 in 2010 to 4.74 in 2011.
- According to the report, Malaysia “places 10th for ICT readiness of the society as a whole. Among the main stakeholders, the government is showing the way. ICT plays a critical role in its Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020) plan for Malaysia to become high-income economy by 2020″ (p. 24; WEF, 2011).
- Indonesia leaped 14 places to 53 this year, with improvements across the three NRI components.
|2010-2011 Networked Readiness Index for Asian Countries|
|Rank in Asia||Country / Economy||Score 2011||Score 2010||Global Rank 2011|
|4||Hong Kong SAR||5.19||5.33||12|
According to the WEF report, the underlying principles of the Networked Readiness Index are:
- An ICT-conducive environment is a key precondition of network readiness.
- Networked readiness requires a society-wide effort.
- ICT readiness leads to ICT usage and increased impact.
The Index comprises to three subindexes, namely:
- Environment subindex:
- Market environment
- Political & regulatory environment
- Infrastructure environment
- Readiness subindex:
- Individual readiness
- Business readiness
- Government readiness
- Usage subindex:
- Individual usage
- Business usage
- Government usage
The final NRI score is a simple average of the three composing subindex scores, while each subindex’s score is a simple average of those of the composing pillars. In doing this, we assume that all Index components give a similar contribution to national networked readiness. (p. 6, WEF, 2011)
The Global Information Technology Report 2010 – 2011: Transformation 2.0 (Full report)