The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become increasingly important in today's knowledge-based global economy, affecting the range, the quality, and the prices of goods a country produces and exports. A country's ability to boost productivity and grow on a sustained basis depends more and more on its level of technological readiness.

by Soumitra Dutta, Augusto Lopez-Carlos and Irene Mia
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006, the fifth in a series, seeks to measure the national propensity to leverage the opportunities offered by ICT for sustained growth and rising prosperity for 115 countries in the world. It thus provides a broad international framework in which the enabling factors for ICT advancement are mapped out.

The previous editions of the report have been extremely well received by the public. The report has turned, over the years, into an invaluable tool for policymakers, business leaders and civil society in assessing the state of their country's networked readiness and identifying best practices.

The 2005-2006 report includes the latest computation and rankings of the Networked Readiness Index. It also features a number of essays spanning a range of ICT issues, from the evidence of ICT-related productivity improvements to interesting specific country case studies.

The last part of the report contains detailed country profiles for the 115 countries covered this year together with data tables for each indicator used in the Index's computation. This year's Report, as in the past, is the result of a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and INSEAD.

Written in a nontechnical language and style, the report appeals to a broad audience including policymakers, business leaders, and members of the academic community. In the tradition of the other reports of the Global Competitiveness Programme of the World Economic Forum, the Report brings together a range of leading academic experts and industry leaders.

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