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Azerbaijan Outstrips Most Eurasian Countries in World Economic Forum Report

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published the 2009-2010 Global Information Technology Report on March 24, 2010. According to the report Azerbaijan ranks 64th in the world on the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for 2009-2010; and, having outstripped most Eurasian countries, has strengthened its key positions in the region.

"In the rating Azerbaijan takes the lead over not only Eurasian countries, but also over such countries as Turkey (69th place), Poland (65th place), Egypt (70th place), [and] Mexico (78th place). Among the CIS counterparts, Russia ranks 80th, Kazakhstan 68th, Ukraine 82th, Georgia 93th, [and] Armenia 101th," the report says.

In all, the report covers 133 countries in the world.

Sweden placed in the first level of ratings for the first time, leaving behind Singapore and Denmark, which had ranked first earlier. Switzerland occupies 4th place and the US 5th.

The WEF Report also includes a separate NRI ranking of states according to their populations' income level. Among countries with an equal level of income, Azerbaijan ranks 6th in the world.

The WEF experts also estimated the level of the Azerbaijan government's readiness for ICT use. For government success in ICT promotion, Azerbaijan ranks in 30th place; for use of ICT and management efficiency, 54th place; and in ICT availability to organs of state power, 31st place.

On the overall state level of ICT use, Azerbaijan occupies 49th place in the world. The report also appraises legislation and state regulation of the ICT industry. For accessibility to the Internet in schools, Azerbaijan ranks in 56th place, and for the innovative potential of business, the country was estimated to be in 29th place.

For the full report, visit here.

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