Greece is getting worse at harnessing the power of technology for its economic benefit and finds itself among the least efficient EU countries in this respect, according to a survey published by the World Economic Forum yesterday.
The annual Global Information Technology report ranks Greece 42nd in the world - tucked in between China and Lithuania - when it comes to exploiting information and communications technology for the benefit of its economy. Singapore was ranked top. Last year, Greece was 34th.
The report rates a wide range of aspects involving the use of technology in countries around the world, from the quality of maths and science education to the affordability of Internet access. Greece scored particularly badly when it came to the level of cooperation between universities and private businesses and the technological modernization of its public sector.
Greece’s fall from 34th to 42nd position in the world chart determined by the World Economic Forum’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which measured 104 countries’ readiness to adjust to new technologies, has prompted a separate analysis by the Economy Ministry’s Information Society Observatory.
The Observatory’s analysis indicates that Greece’s place among the 104 states would have remained stable if certain variables, which affect the NRI index, had not changed. But merely remaining stable, of course, would not be a positive thing, as many countries continue to invest in new technologies or innovation and to move up the list.
It also seems that most of the data that make up the index date to 2003, which nullifies the arguments of (then ruling) PASOK, which according to the Economy Ministry “rushed to capitalize politically on the Forum’s survey, blaming the government for (Greece’s) fall in the world chart of the NRI index.”
The most interesting conclusion of the Observatory’s analysis refers to the points at which Greece should invest if it wants to gain places in the index. The index’s data analysis reveals several negative elements about Greece, such as in its level of bureaucracy and in the use by companies of new technologies.
For example, Greece stands a low 84th among 104 countries in ease at starting up new enterprises, 70th in technological development (which citizens experience every day when dealing with the state) and 67th in bureaucratic obstacles to technology development. The government is trying to deal with all these problems through draft laws that limit the number of documents required or agencies one must visit before starting a new company, or reduce the time for state agencies to issue documents.
Greece generally gets low marks in most factors that make up the economic and institutional environment that determines the penetration of new technologies. World Economic Forum (WEF) analysts place the country in 64th spot based on legislation about information technology and telecommunications, and in 44th place regarding the availability of business risk capital which can fund new companies in the technology sector. On the contrary, Greece is 15th in scientists’ and engineers’ availability.
The institutional and economic environment is one of the three pillars on which NRI is based. The second one is the readiness of each country (the state, citizens and enterprises) to absorb new technologies.
The Information Society Observatory also studied the factors comprising Greece’s readiness and drew some interesting conclusions. For instance, Greece is in 60th and 68th position based on how well it prioritizes the state in information technology and telecommunications, and state procurements in this sector, respectively.
WEF places Greece in 56th position based on company investments in research and technology and in the quality of its economic universities. Greece is also in the middle of the list of 104 countries in its ability to cover Internet access and user cost. The need to reduce this cost “seems to be immediate, as it will contribute to the Internet’s penetration rise.”
Greece also took low marks in the third pillar of the NRI index, which evaluates the use of technologies today by the state, enterprises and citizens. As Observatory analysts note, “the issue of broadband connectivity emerges as the most significant sector where our country must become active,” taking the 65th spot.
The level of penetration of new technologies and innovation in enterprises is also low, with Greece being at the 65th and 55th spot respectively. In addition, the NRI survey evaluates state services offered on the Internet and the state’s success in promoting information and telecommunication technologies to its citizens; Greece is 52nd and 54th in these categories respectively.
ulf: I hope you're doing fine and keeping yourself healthy, I got one relative in hospital due to covid (in Novi Sad), and another possibly infected (in Belgrade dumb beasts STILL refuse to test possibly ill people).
Jun 26, 2020 14:53:59 GMT -5
ulf: well, seems like you were lucky one as my cousin even though he has all the common symptoms: sore throat, constant temperature, and feeling weak - couldn't book himself a testing.
Jun 26, 2020 15:18:51 GMT -5
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Jun 26, 2020 15:27:22 GMT -5
Pyrros: Guys, come the funkety on, covid does not exist. I dont know if this will upset the demons but I had to let it out. Sorry demons.
Jul 1, 2020 13:09:23 GMT -5
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Jul 1, 2020 13:14:27 GMT -5
ulf: "covid does not exist"
Jul 1, 2020 13:39:56 GMT -5
ulf: I got nothing more to add than this:
Jul 1, 2020 13:40:09 GMT -5
branislavnusic: The saxons are suffering the worst so it's a good thing
Jul 1, 2020 14:54:49 GMT -5
Pyrros: I dont know the state of whesto propaganda in Serbia or the amount of real Death the demons have injected into the society, but here in Grekolandia this is supreme royal joke.
Jul 2, 2020 4:08:17 GMT -5
Pyrros: I mean we are one on top of the other like a massive orgy kind of thing, yet, no covid to be found anywhere.
Jul 2, 2020 4:09:06 GMT -5
Pyrros: Also Admin is of the same philosophy : covid does not exist, it is only a spiritual virtual concept not real.
Jul 2, 2020 4:10:51 GMT -5