|BB 21 Oct 2010|
The Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has embarked on an in-depth study to assess the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for Brunei Darussalam. The study that aims to improve Brunei’s ranking in the NRI will be carried out in collaboration with INSEAD e-Lab and D&L Partners.
The NRI ranking describes the technology readiness of nations across the world. It is one of the highlights in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) produced annually by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD. Brunei Darussalam has been ranked 63rd out of 133 economies in the NRI of the GITR 2009-2010. This report was presented by Dr Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of INSEAD e-Lab, during the BIT Council Retreat in May this year.
The NRI measures the degree of preparation of a nation to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. It is composed of three component indexes, which assess the environment for ICT offered by a given country or community, the readiness of the community’s key stakeholders – individuals, business and governments, and the usage of ICT among these stakeholders.
According to Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Hj Mohd Taha, the Chairman of AITI who is also the Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, this project offers a distinct opportunity to give additional visibility and impact to the efforts made by Brunei at all levels including government, business and individuals to promote ICT as a tool for competitiveness. He further added that this study will equip the country with new tools to leverage its current advantages to emerge as a credible hub for a number of e-related activities in the course of the next three years.
Under this engagement, INSEAD e-Lab and D&L Partners will conduct interviews and surveys with the relevant stakeholders in Brunei. Specific indicators and best practices will be identified to determine possible improvements to be pursued for this country. This NRI study is expected to complete by end of December this year.