Ethiopia ranked 119th in Global Tech Study
Ethiopia is ranked number 119 in its ability to exploit information and communication technology, according to a new survey from the World Economic Forum out of 122 countries surveyed. Ethiopia is followed by Angola, Burundi and Chad respectively in the rankings. In the last survey, Ethiopia was ranked dead last at number 115 out of 115 countries. On the latest survey, Ethiopia fared better than Chad which now claims the last place.
In April 2005, Prime Minster Meles Zenawi promised to launch universal internet access in Ethiopia in 3 years. With 1 year to go in the plan, universal internet access in Ethiopia is still a dream.
In October 2004, leather exporter Girma Hagos reads the news on the Internet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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About the Survey
Source: World Economic Forum
Since it was first launched in 2001, The Global Information Technology Report has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.
The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. The NRI is composed of three component indexes which assess:
- environment for ICT offered by a country or community
- readiness of the community's key stakeholders (individuals, business and governments)
- usage of ICT among these stakeholders.