Azerbaijan Leaves Behind Armenia and Georgia in Index of Network Preparedness in Global Information Technology Report
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 April / corr. Trend S. Babayeva/ Azerbaijan took 67th place out of 127 in the index of Network Preparedness in Global Information Technology Report for 2007-2008 developed by World Economic Forum and presented on 7 April, said Elchin Amirbayov, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Switzerland.
Azerbaijan left behind Armenia (106th place), Georgia (91st place), Russia (72nd place) and Kazakhstan (71st place).
Azerbaijan took 39th and 54th place for expanding financial opportunities, low tax rates, simplification of regulation rules (business environment), number of technologies and compute specialists and suitable mechanism for export of technologies.
Azerbaijan took 101st and 116th places for export of products, information and communication technology, licensing, competition, right of property, security of internet servers, and high prices in telephone technology.
Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland took the leading places in the report.
The report aims at determining the factors influencing the development of Internet networks, analyzing the factors of regulation and business infrastructure in development of information technology.
The methodology of report consists of three components:
'Climate' - the technology market, regulatory and legislative environment are assessed.
'Preparedness' - the opportunities of information and communication technology, business circles and consumers are assessed
'Consumer' - the IT skills and services offered by individual consumers, business circles and government are assessed.