TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IMPROVES 16 POINTS IN GLOBAL IT RANKINGS

April  14th, 2011

 
Trinidad and Tobago is ranked 63rd out of 138 countries in the Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, by the World Economic Forum. This Report was released on Tuesday 12th April, 2011), and shows a 16 point increase over the last year. This is the most significant improvement in our performance in this area to date (Table 1). Three countries from Latin America and the Caribbean placed in the top 50. They are: Barbados (38), Puerto Rico (43) and Costa Rica (46). 
 
 
Table 1: T&T Rankings 2007 - 2011

Country
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
Trinidad and Tobago
82
81
79
63

 
 Trinidad and Tobago saw improvements in seven of the nine pillars of the Networked Readiness Index, which is used to tabulate the rankings: 

Comparison in performance from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011

 

Under the pillars of the Networked Readiness Index, areas of noteworthy performance for Trinidad and Tobago include: Mobile network coverage, Percentage population covered (1), Fixed broadband internet tariffs (14), Extent & effect of taxation (26), Quality of educational system (30) and Business Phone Installation (31).
Several related initiatives undertaken in the last year that would have contributed to the improved scores are an increase in Internet access and the entry of new companies into the mobile and broadband sectors, both key in achieving the new ranking. The country also has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world and continues to offer some of the cheapest broadband rates in the region.
 
There has also been significant improvement in Government usage which increased from 93 points last year to 79 in the current report. A major contributor to this ranking is the ttconnect programme which takes a citizen-centric approach to the deployment of government services. ttconnect contemplates no less than six different service delivery channels for convenient access to Government information and services. Collectively, the ttconnect initiative is an example of technology working to create value, foster opportunities and enhance the quality of life of citizens through the provision of citizen-centric public services - 24 hours a day, seven days a week in some instances.
 
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
While Trinidad and Tobago improved in the overall rankings, there are specific areas for development which will impact future placement. Some of these areas are: Number of days to start a business (116), Laws relating to ICT (108), Tertiary education enrollment rate percentage (104), Residential monthly phone subscription (125), Company spending on research and development (113), Business monthly phone subscription(136) and capacity for innovation (137).
 
It is expected that two current initiatives spearheaded by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in particular – TTbizlink, the Single Electronic Window which facilitates Government to Business activity, and the passage of the Electronic Transactions Act and the Data Protection and Privacy Bill (which will enable our legislative environment and ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is fully prepared to meet the challenges and possibilities of eBusiness and eGovernment) will lead to an immediate improvement in the above-mentioned areas for the next GITR Report, due in April 2012.
 
“Trinidad and Tobago is definitely making great strides in the ICT sector and should be proud of this improvement in the rankings,” says Atiba Phillips the Chairman of National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited, iGovTT, the company which is responsible for implementing and maintaining major ICT solutions for Government. “iGovTT will  continue to work together with all stakeholders within the industry to ensure that we progress in the rankings on a yearly basis as we seek to be among the top 20 within the next five years.”
 
For further information on Trinidad and Tobago’s ranking in the Global and Information Technology Report 2010-2011 please visit the URL: http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-information-technology/index.html