SA drops 13 locations within the UN’s newest World Information Index

The UN has released its global knowledge index.

The UN has launched its international information index.

  • Botswana is the highest-ranking Sub-Saharan African nation on this 12 months’s World Information Index.
  • Egypt, at 53rd globally, is the highest-ranking African nation.
  • Switzerland maintains its world chief standing from final 12 months.

Egypt is the highest-ranked African nation on this 12 months’s World Information Index (GKI), transferring as much as 53rd place from 72 final 12 months.

Tunisia was the second highest-ranked in Africa – at 82nd, up one place from final 12 months.

Of the Sub-Saharan African nations, Botswana ranked the very best, adopted by South Africa and Namibia. 

In response to the GKI, Botswana is “a reasonable performer when it comes to its information infrastructure. It ranks 70th out of 154 nations within the GKI 2021, and thirteenth out of the 39 nations with excessive human growth”.

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South Africa, ranked 71 final 12 months, got here in at 84th, and Namibia is right down to 98 from 85 final 12 months.

The highest 10 African nations are accomplished by Morocco (101), Kenya (105), Ghana (107), Algeria (111) and Rwanda (115).

The newest report was launched in Dubai this week and “represents an vital addition to the worldwide repository of information on growth, offering numerous and dependable knowledge that may assist nations and decision-makers to know and reply to associated transformations and challenges extra clearly”.

Switzerland retained its pole place from final 12 months, Sweden improved from fourth to second, the US went down to 3rd, from second final 12 months, and Finland is fourth (down from third final 12 months).

The Netherlands retained its fifth place for the second 12 months.

The United Nations Improvement Programme, produces the GKI yearly as a abstract measure for monitoring the information efficiency of nations in pre-university schooling, technical and vocational schooling and coaching, larger schooling, analysis, growth and innovation, info and communications expertise, economic system, and the final enabling surroundings.


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