Panama Is 5th In Latin America in Connectivity (Technology Application and Development)
Thursday, April 05 2012 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The connectivity index used in the report has evolved in a way that ensures the capture of the main drivers of an industry about quickly developing information technology, and with continued relevance to those responsible for decision making public and private sectors.
Eduardo Jaen, administrator of the National Authority for Government Innovation, said that during the five years of the current (Martinelli) administration they will be investing some $400 million dollars to modernize public administration and to improve digital literacy, which are paying off, as demonstrated by international awards and recognition. "We have a long way to go, but it is noteworthy the report reflects the progress, and this is what encourages us to continue to follow the route we are taking to modernize public administration," said Jaén.
The success of the connectivity index of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) emphasizes the importance of the continuing evolution of the structure (of the index) to keep pace with the development of technology, said Soumitra Dutta, co-editor of the report. Dutta pointed out that to measure this impact effectively, this year they introduced a new set of metrics designed to measure the effect, not only on the availability of technology, but how economies make better use of it.
On the other hand, Karim Sabbagh, a partner and the global director of communication and technology at Booz & Company, said that digital applications offer unprecedented potential for economic, social and political development. "Policymakers should be aware of the opportunities for growth and transformation in order to create policies that promote ubiquitous digitization, in a timely manner," Sabbagh added.
According to Dutta, the connectivity index has been adopted by several governments for their development. (Panama America)