These countries that make the most of technologies to boost growth, and the others …
“There is still work to be done to expand access to technology and it is a shame for global economic growth.” This is more or less the message that the world economic forum on the occasion of the publication of its report entitled “Global Information Technology Report for 2015”. This non-profit foundation with headquarters in Switzerland is known for the meeting it organizes at the beginning of the year in Davos.
In this report, the forum points to “digital poverty”, that is to say the fact of being unable to use technology either because we do not have access to it or because the we do not have the necessary skills. Singapore takes the lead countries making the most of information and communication technologies for their social and economic impact. This is followed by Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Japan.
At the other end of the ranking: Chad, Guinea, Burundi, Angola, Myanmar, Mauritania, Haiti, Yemen, Madagascar and Timor-Leste.
On the occasion of the release of this report, one of its authors, economist Thierry Geiger, regretted: “the economic and social advantages linked to the Internet are only available to a minority of the world’s population”, explaining that many countries fail to implement fundamental reforms that would increase productivity and stimulate their economies.
Thierry Geiger underlined how much technology is vital and not a luxury, reports the site Voice of America. Before concluding:
“Technology can really, really accelerate development in low income and more advanced economies. And we believe it should be taken very seriously. And the truth is that everyone believes that technology is everywhere, but it is not and we are missing out on great opportunities ”.
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