In a connected world, where information and communication technologies play an ever more crucial role increasing a country's competitiveness and well-being, Luxembourg has once again proven its qualities. Indeed, it ranks 9th on the global Networked Readiness Index.
The Networked Readiness Index
At the beginning of July 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a new edition of its global report about information technologies, the Global Information Technology Report. This report's objective is to measure the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the economy and society in 139 countries, and to evaluate performance and investments with regard to ICT. It also contains an index named Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which indicates a country's aptitude to handle and apply ICT in the best possible way, in order to gain a maximum of advantages. This index is based on about fifty indicators, grouped in ten sub-categories, which make up four main pillars:
- the country's economic and regulatory environment;
- the adequate groundwork for infrastructure and significant factors promoting ICT;
- use of ICT by citizens, the civil service and companies;
- economic and social impact of ICT.
The Grand Duchy in the Top 10In 2016, as in 2015, Luxembourg ranks 9th in the global index. At the European level Luxembourg ranks 7th, and within the European Union it comes in 5th position. Luxembourg shows off its performance especially in the areas of its favourable economic and regulatory environment, its advanced competences with regards to connectivity and the effective use of technologies by citizens and the civil service. Moreover, the impact ICT have on Luxembourg's economy is very important.
Nevertheless, a few flaws are being pointed out. As far as affordability of ICT is concerned, Luxembourg only ranks 36th. Also, e-participation, i.e. citizens' participation in the political process through ICT such as the internet, should be developed according to the report. Furthermore, the report finds a shortage of a qualified IT workforce. Indeed, IT experts are wanted in all areas of the economic activity. In order to respond to this demand, the government launched an education strategy in 2015 in order to expand the digital competences of future generations.
Thus, Luxembourg proves to be a country whose ICT performance is constantly developing, especially thanks to the implementation of high-quality infrastructures, such as a powerful internet network and a very high number of secured servers per capita. However access to technologies and the availability of workforce will have to be improved.(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu / Source: Statec press release)