The Egyptian cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center has announced that the country has ranked among the top growing countries for digital inclusion in 2020.
The announcement followed the Center’s review of the country’s progress on the Digital Inclusion Index for 2020, issued by the Roland Berger Foundation.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the index measures the extent to which digital inclusion is achieved in 82 countries around the world. The inclusion includes enabling individuals and societies to effectively use information and communication technology (ICT), and to enhance their ability to contribute to the digital economy.
In 2020, Egypt ranked 50th compared to 52nd in 2017, with a score of 60 points, 8 points higher than the 2017 score. This puts the country at third in the world in terms of the rate of improvement in performance in the field of digital inclusion 2020, after Myanmar and Vietnam.
Egypt was able to achieve progress in three main dimensions of the index, and stabilised in one dimension. It also advanced in the digital availability dimension, which measures the ability of individuals to access the Internet and its efficiency by about 13 points.
It advanced by 11 points on the digital policy dimension, which measures the flexibility of trust and security measures, and usage and privacy policies. It also measures progress in the digital financial capacity dimension of individuals that determines their ability to buy modern devices and the price levels of Internet services, by about five points.
Regarding the number of points for the digital readiness dimension, for example the relationship between levels of digital education and the ability to apply them, Egypt settled at a total of 56 points.
It is noteworthy that the index is calculated based on the total points in four main dimensions of digital inclusion. The index values range from zero to 100, and the closer the value to 100 indicates a better coverage level.