WEF ranks Pakistan at 102nd dropping 14 points

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Pakistan at 102 after it lost 14 points on the global index, said Global Information Technology Report 2012.
According to the report, the Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology being headed by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani shows lack of efficiency and poor governance on the part of the government.
Pakistan lost its competitive advantage on the fixed broadband internet tariffs, where it dropped the ranking from 36 in 2011 to 79 in 2012, which means residential monthly fee in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP).
Despite efforts over the past decade to develop ICT infrastructure in developing economies, a new digital divide in terms of ICT impacts persists, according to the latest rankings of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2012 – Living in a Hyper connected World – recently released by the WEF.
It points out that the extent of ICTs creating new organizational models are also weakening in Pakistan, going 81 from 63 last year.
However, Pakistan improved its competitiveness in certain areas including, efficiency of the legal system in challenging regulations, where Pakistan improved from 95 in 2011 to 79 in 2012 out of 142 countries.


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