Lessons from global E-readiness trends of national economies
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E-readiness is progressing around the world, but achieving it is growing more complex. Basic connectivity, for example, is no longer adequate to use the Internet efficiently; the connections must be fast, secure and affordable. Likewise, governments must demonstrate their commitment to digital development not only through broad policy, but also in practical ways, such as delivering public services to citizens and business via electronic channels. The goalposts of e-readiness, in other words, are shifting. This paper examines the trends evident in three groups of countries in terms of their E-readiness rankings between 2001 and 2008 and profiles the key characteristics and trends common to these groups. This is detailed in section 2 of the paper. Section 3 outlines some of the areas that each of these groups should focus on in order to improve their ‘E-Readiness’. Section 4 of the paper concludes by setting out some guiding principles for policymakers.