Pakistan has been ranked 102nd position by World Economic Forum (WEF) after it lost 14 positions on the global index in the development and growth of ICTs, said Global Information Technology Report 2012.
Pakistan lost its competitive advantage on the fixed broadband internet tariffs, where it dropped the ranking from 36 in 2011 to 79 in 20012, which means residential monthly fee in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). The extent of information and communications technologies improving access for all citizens to basic services (health, education, financial services, etc.) also took a dip to 113 with losing 30 points from last year. Government prioritizing of ICT also achieved a rank of 103 from 83 last year, making a variation of 20 points.
Despite efforts over the past decade to develop information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure in developing economics, a new digital divide in terms of ICT impacts persists, according to the latest ranking of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2012: Living in a Hyper connected World, released today by the World Economic Forum. The GITR indicates Pakistan’s challenges and opportunities on 10 different pillars, where Pakistan has not been able to show any remarkable improvement in the previous year.