Global IT report: only two African nations in the top 50 in ICT The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011 was published by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum and French management school INSEAD. Under the theme Transformations 2.0, this 10th anniversary edition explores the coming transformations powered by ICT, with a focus on the impact they will have on individuals, businesses and governments over the next few years.

The report assesses 138 nations that make up 99% of the world’s gross domestic product, on factors ranging from the cost of mobile phone calls and available internet bandwidth to the quality of education, to determine which countries are best positioned to compete in the information-intensive 21st century economy.

Twenty-four of the top 50 list of network-ready nations are in Europe, and they are joined by America (5), Canada (8), Australia (17) and New Zealand (18).

With regard to Africa, Tunisia consolidated its leadership in North Africa at 35th place globally. Mauritius led Sub-Saharan African at 45, followed by South Africa at 61. Tunisia was also ranked first on the continent with respect to the quality of its educational system, maths and science education, capacity for innovation, availability of scientists and engineers, and local availability of specialised research and training services. South Africa was top in indicators including quality of research institutions, quality of management schools and university-industry collaboration in research and development. Libya was first in Africa with respect to tertiary education enrolment rate. But the majority of countries in Africa lag in the bottom half.

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