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Jamaica 'failing' to exploit IT for social, economic transformation - report

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:33 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A new international report says Jamaica is failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to drive social and economic transformation and catch up with more advanced nations.

The finding was published in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015, which was released today.

 

Jovan Johnson reports

The report shows that the digital divide across nations is increasing, a situation the authors say is of great concern, given the relentless pace of technological development.

Jamaica is among most countries labelled developing and emerging that have been cited for failing to exploit information technology to drive their transformation.

In the overall ranking called Networked Readiness, Jamaica is ranked 82 out of 143 countries.

This is an improvement over rankings of 85 in 2013 and 86 last year.

Networked Readiness measures the capacity of countries to leverage ICTs for increased competitiveness and well-being.

Meanwhile, Jamaica earned its best ranking in the area that looks at the number of procedures to start a business.

The country is number three in the world which means there is little roadblocks to starting a business. 

Jamaica’s lowest ranking is in the area of e-participation, where the country is ranked at 116 out of 143 countries. 

Singapore is the top ranked country, overall.