10 Most Technology-savvy African countries

The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009
The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009

I am extrapolating a list of 10 most IT-ready African countries from The Global Technology Report 2008-2009 (a PDF document). The Report stresses the importance of ICT as a catalyst for growth in the current global turmoil and it underlines that good education fundamentals and high levels of technological readiness and innovation are essential engines of growth needed to overcome the current economic crisis. Under the theme “Mobility in a Networked World”, this year’s Report places a particular focus on the relationship and interrelations between mobility and ICT.

With record coverage of 134 economies worldwide, the Report remains the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations.

The Report is produced by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with INSEAD, the leading international business school, and is sponsored by Cisco Systems.

Africa 2008-2009 rank Country/Economy Score
1. 38 Tunisia 4.34
2. 51 Mauritius 4.07
3. 52 South Africa 4.07
4. 76 Egypt 3.76
5. 77 Botswana 3.72
6. 80 Senegal 3.67
7. 86 Morocco 3.59
8. 90 Nigeria 3.45
9. 91 Gambia, The 3.44
10. 92 Namibia 3.44
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Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.


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  2. Very interesting reading this makes. I’m a bit surprised Ghana does not feature there, especially since Ghana is supposed to have the fastest internet in Africa. What are the criteria for ranking the countries? Also, I think the list will be more informative if you focus on Sub Saharan African countries since a list of 10 including North Africa is basically a list of max 5 SSA countries (all 5 North African countries will be ahead of almost all SSA countries) making it less informative. Factor in South Africa and the surrounding countries and you have basically 2 slots for SSA. That said, it bodes well for the sub continent and we at http://www.nawaooo.com — Nigeria’s number 1 business directory & yellow pages are excited to see progress, no matter how slow it is.

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