GEORGIA IS ON 60TH PLACE IN NETWORK READINESS INDEX [Sarke Daily News (Georgia)]
(Sarke Daily News (Georgia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) reported that according to global IT report, published by the World Economic Forum, Georgia occupies the 60th place among 148 countries, included in Network Readiness Index (the country's score makes up 4.1 out of 7).
In 2013, the country was on the 65th place among 144 countries (score – 3.93).
In terms of competition in internet and mobile communications in Network Readiness Index (evaluates propensity of particular economies to adopt and use informational technologies), Georgia displayed the best result, IDFI pointed.
In terms of days and documents, needed for start of business, Georgia is on the 2nd and 3rd places. However, IDFI pointed, one of the challenges for the country's business environment in this respect is shortage of most advanced technologies (score – 4.4).
In terms of general environment, Georgia's score is 3.9 (73rd place, no changes). In terms of international internet bandwidth per user, the country is on the 40th place.
The same time, Georgia occupies last places in terms of intellectual property protection (124th place) and usage of licensed software (107th place). Besides, the country's score in terms of private business' ability to change legally the governmental regulations is only 3.
Georgia had lowest scores in impact sub-index, which measures role of modern technologies in population's various economic and social activities, IDFI said.
In particular, social impact (59th place, against of 60th one a year ago) far exceeds economic impact (100th place, against of 97th one a year ago).
In this case, modern technologies play lesser role for provision of accessibility to new services and products. In addition, business representatives seldom try to create new organizational models with use of modern technologies (virtual groups, remote employment, etc.).
Generally, the report places Georgia together with Armenia, Kazakhstan, Panama, Qatar and UAE in group of "Rising Stars" (these countries' scores and pace of progress are above average).
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