In the Global Information Technology Report 2014, released by the World Economic Forum, the Philippines has moved up eight places to 78th place, a substantial leap from 86th a year previously. An article at Newsbyte Philippines explores the implications.
Even within ASEAN, the Philippines rises as it surpasses Vietnam, which was in 84th place. More affordable ICT infrastructure and better skills mean that the Philippines improved greatly in overall ICT readiness. Indeed, the country showed improvement in all ten networked readiness pillars. Not all countries are making such strong progress. The article has this to say:
Overall, the report noted that little progress is being made in bridging the digital divide between technology savvy nations and others.
“The stalling of progress is worrisome for emerging and developing nations, which are at risk of missing out on many positive impacts information and communications technologies (ICT) bring, including increased innovation, economic competitiveness and greater social inclusion,” the report said.
It goes on to state that ICT infrastructure alone is not enough to stay competitive. It must come in tandem with a strategy for fostering skills, innovation, and entrepreneurship. When this is accomplished, the potential for growth balloons. You can read the full article here: http://newsbytes.ph/2014/04/23/ph-jumps-by-8-notches-in-ict-network-readiness-index/