CAIRO – 18 February 2021: Egypt’s overall score in Roland Berger digital inclusion index improved to record 60 during 2020 out of 100, up from 52 in 2017.
The digital inclusion index also revealed an increase in Egypt’s ranking to occupy the 50th position during 2020, compared to the 52th position in 2017. This hike made Egypt occupy the third position in the top 10 improvers of the 82 nations assessed in the index after Myanmar and Vietnam.
“The accessibility scores of Myanmar, Vietnam and Egypt, for example, jumped by 20, 16 and 13 points, respectively. This is due to significant infrastructure improvements in mobile data availability and coverage,” the index stated.
Roland Berger's Digital Inclusion Index (RB DII) measures the level of digital inclusion in countries based on four key levers, which are: Accessibility, Affordability, Ability, and attitude.
According to the index, accessibility is the availability of digital access to an individual. Digital access is the most important requirement for digital inclusion. It referred to affordability as the financial capability to pay for digital access. As hardware and software is required for digital access, investments must be made to increase digital inclusion.
As for ability, it about digital literacy regarding the use and knowledge of ICT as part of digital readiness. Only by harnessing its tools can an individual be digitally included, while attitude is the trust and enthusiasm to harness ICT. The complexity of digital tools can deter many from adopting them, necessitating a carefully thought-out approach to digital inclusion.
The Egyptian state achieved a progress in accessibility, affordability and attitude scoring 50, 69, 76, respectively, during 2020, up from 37, 64, 65, respectively in 2019, while remaining constant in ability at 56.
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