The World Economic Forum has released its latest Global Information Technology Report, highlighting the “Networked Readiness Index”. I do not know what that means, but it probably has something to do with the Smart Economy, the government plan that is mentioned in the introductory chapter of the report. Ireland ranks 24th, towards the bottom of the rich countries and at par with the best of the middle-income countries.
The index consists of 3 subindices, each consisting of three subsubindices, derived from a total of 68 indicators.
As everything depends on the arbitrary weighting of the indicators, it is more instructive to look at the bottom level indicators.
Ireland is 24th out of 133 assessed countries. What is dragging us down? I’ll list the indicators on which Ireland is 48th or lower:
- Burden of government regulation: 74th
- Intensity of local competition: 49th
- Time to enforce a contract: 60th
- Residential telephone connection charge: 92nd
- Residential telephone subscription: 118th
- Fixed telephone line tariffs: 52nd
- Business telephone connection charge: 76th
- Business telephone subscription: 92nd
- Availability of new telephone lines: 53rd
- Government prioritization of ICT: 63rd
- Government procurement of ICT: 59th
- Importance of ICT to government vision: 56th
- Government success in ICT promotion: 64th
There is no need to comment on the above.
Ireland scores well on a number of things (12th or higher):
- Judicial independence: 9th
- Number of procedures to enforce a contract: 1st
- Level of competition: 1st
- Quality of education: 8th
- ICT imports: 1st
- ICT exports: 10th