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Jordan climbs 11 positions in digital competitiveness


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, June 19 (Petra) -- The second edition of the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 saw a remarkable improvement in the global ranking of Jordan, allowing it to reach 45th place, and improvement of a total of 11 rankings.

Jordan's improved ranking in digital competitiveness comes as a result of the country's overall transition into a more digitalized society, as well as the government announcement and implantation of "Digital Jordan".

Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, notes that "Jordan's impressive improvement in the overall digital ranking (from 56th to 45th) stems from it's advances across all digital factors (knowledge from 61st to 56th, technology from 50th to 48th and future readiness from 48th to 41st)".

Globally, despite challenge from Asia, "The West" leads in digital - US, Canada and seven European countries in top 10. The USA leads the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, followed by Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.

Regionally, the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 shows a pronounced gap in the digitalization of the region. The UAE is the highest-ranking country (17th) in the region, it slightly improves (one ranking) mainly due to progress in all components of the technology factor in particular in the technological framework sub-factor.

While the digitalization gap widens slightly between the UAE, and the second ranking economy in the region, Qatar at 28th, it sharply broadens with the fourth, Saudi Arabia at 42nd. Jordan ranks the lowest in the region despite greatly improving from 56th to 45th.

The objective of the digital competitiveness ranking is to assess the extent to which a country adopts and explores digital technologies leading to transformation in government practices, business models and society in general.

The ranking draws upon 50 selected indicators divided into three factors: Knowledge, Technology and Future Readiness.

The knowledge factor refers to intangible infrastructure, which underlines the process of digital transformation through the discovery, understanding and learning of new technologies.

The technology factor assesses the overall context through which the development of digital technologies is enabled (technology-friendly regulation, availability of capital for investments and the technological infrastructure). Finally, the future readiness factor examines the degree of technology adoption by government, business and society in general.

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19/6/2018 - 06:35:58 PM

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