Global ICT Index 2012

Top of the list in the region is Panama (57 in the world), followed by Costa Rica (58), Guatemala (98), Honduras (99), El Salvador (103) and Nicaragua (131).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Global Information and Communication Technologies Report 2012 is prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with INSEAD Business School. It has been published since 2001 and covers 142 countries. 53 variables are evaluated by combining data from the Executive Opinion on Competitiveness Survey carried out by FUNDESA (47%) and statistical information (53%).

In 2012, 10 factors were looked at, divided into four major areas.
- General Environment
- Preparation
- Use of Technology
- Economic and social impact

The report notes that Latin American and Caribbean countries still lag behind in adopting information and communication technologies (ICT). Barbados (35), Puerto Rico (36), Chile (38) and Uruguay (44) are at the top of the regional list.

Although the region is diverse, the three reasons for this lag are insufficient investment in developing its ICT infrastructure, a weak knowledge base due to poor education systems and, in many countries, unfavorable trading conditions to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

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