Egypt leads North African countries in Network Readiness Index report rankings
Egypt appears to be the North African country best poised to embrace a digital transformation, ranking 84 in the 2020 Network Readiness Index report (pdf). The index assessed 134 countries across 60 variables and considered them across the four pillars of technology, people, governance, and impact. The index is produced by DC-based thinktank Portulans Institute.
Egypt scored the highest among its North African peers in the people section, which rates how individuals use their skills to participate in the network economy, coming in at number 80. In the governance bucket, however, Egypt scored the lowest in the regional cluster, coming in at number 93. The ranking indicates that more needs to be done to develop trust, enforce regulation and leverage technology to overcome inequalities. The report found that overall, covid-19 is accelerating digital transformation, but increasing dependency on digital tools could widen existing divides between developed countries with sophisticated digital infrastructure and lower income nations.