Qatar Leveraging Technology

Friday, April 11, 2008

The World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report has ranked Qatar as the 32nd most networked economy in 2007-2008 up from 36th in 2006-2007. The latest edition of the Global Information Technology Report covers 127 economies and named Denmark, followed by Sweden then Switzerland as the world's top three most networked economies. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were the only GCC countries to make the top 35.

ictQATAR contributed to a special section in this year's Report, which focuses on how Qatar is leveraging technology to create a knowledge-based economy in the Middle East. The Report's chapter on Qatar highlights how ictQATAR is driving the country's ICT strategy to connect people to technologies that enrich their lives and drive economic development. It provides a broad overview of the vision and the framework of ICT-enabled change in Qatar and the key strategic initiatives in Qatar’s ICT agenda including effort s in e-education, cyber security, e-government and e-health. It further outlines the key implementation hurdles faced by Qatar and identifies best practices and lessons for other nations engaged in similar processes of change. The concluding section lists some future directions in the country’s transformation into a competitive knowledge economy of the 21st century.