Botswana again ranked among Africa's ICT leaders
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) 8th annual Global Information Technology Report 2008-09 was released yesterday, confirming Botswana's position among the developing world's leaders in the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
The Report's "Networking Readiness Index" once again ranked Botswana among Africa's top five ICT performers, along with Tunisia, Mauritius, South Africa and Egypt. This year's index measured a total of 134 countries in terms of how prepared their economies are to participate in, and benefit from ICT developments.
Since it was first launched in 2001, the Global Information and Technology Report has become the leading benchmarking tool for determining national ICT strengths and weaknesses around the world. The WEF produced this year's Report in cooperation with French business school INSEAD, with sponsorship by CISCO Systems.
Under the theme Mobility in a Networked World, this year's Report places a particular focus on the relationship and interrelations between Mobility and ICT.
Mauritius, at 51st, moved up three places from last year to overtake South Africa as the most ICT-ready economy in the Sub-Saharan region. Mauritius' networked readiness was reportedly boosted by an excellent market environment, which is characterized by little red tape and low and non-distorted taxes.
Botswana progressed one rank to come out 77th in the overall index and third in Sub-Saharan Africa. Major improvement over last year was posted in the environment component due to progress in the infrastructure pillar. But, relatively the low levels of usage by individuals and businesses, linked to poor individual and business readiness remained as areas of weakness.
Tunisia (38th) continued to lead in Northern Africa. The country's successful performance is said to reflect its government's strong emphasis on ICT diffusion.