Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009

The region places between 56 and 125 in the world in harnessing information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs).

Thursday, March 26, 2009


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To calculate the placement, three areas were taken into account: Environment, Preparedness and Use. Environment measures the degree to which the country's general atmosphere promotes the development of ICTs, measuring factors such as market infrastructure and regulation. Preparedness measures the degree to which agents (individuals, businesses and government) are ready, interested and using ICTs in their daily activities, and use measures the degree to which agents actively utilize ICTs, focusing on how much they gain in terms of productivity and efficiency.

In the 2008-2009 edition of the ranking, of the Central American countries, Costa Rica ranked first with a global position number of 56, followed by Panama (66), El Salvador (78), Guatemala (82), Honduras (95) and Nicaragua (125).

In terms of scoring, with Denmark which took first place with 5.85 as reference, Costa Rica scored 3.99, Panama 3.84, El Salvador 3.69, Guatemala 3.64, Honduras 3.61 and 2.90 Nicaragua.

This ranking was presented in the "Report on Global Information Technology 2008-2009," which also contained profiles for every country, tools that show the strengths and weaknesses of each country and the complete rankings for each of the more than 60 variables considered.

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