Drifting Apart

Sri Lanka has slipped to the 71 spot (from 66 last year) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report. Sri Lanka has slipped to the 71 spot (from 66 last year) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report. The report ranks nations on how good they are at exploiting global IT developments and takes into account affordability of Internet access, telephone connection charges, quality of maths and science education, government prioritization and procurement of ICT.

The United States has dropped five places and ceded top billing in the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report to Singapore.

Released on Wednesday, the report ranks Singapore as the top economy in exploiting global IT developments for the first time.

The report places Singapore as the best performer worldwide in a number of categories — quality of maths and science education, affordability of telephone connection charges, and government prioritization and procurement of ICT — and gets extremely high scores in other areas, such as affordability of Internet access.

By contrast, the United States drops to