Global governments shape e-economy
- By Bryant Jordan
- Aug 24, 2000
"Risk E-Business: Seizing the Opportunity of Global E-Readiness"
Putting money into education has built an IT-savvy work force in Costa Rica
and Hungary. Loosening government restrictions on the telecom industry has
enabled South Korea to move ahead in wired and wireless communications.
These actions were important for those nations' economies — and the
world economy, according to a new report from an international policy and
technology consulting firm.
"From the U.S. point of view, the report portrays both risks and opportunities — risks if these countries don't get their policies and practices in order,
and opportunities to help them do so," said Bruce McConnell, head of the
Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, McConnell International LLC.
McConnell's findings are part of a report released Aug. 23 called "Risk
E-Business: Seizing the Opportunity of Global E-Readiness." The report was
about three months in the making. He selected the countries based on their
place in the world markets and the fact that they have some IT infrastructure.
"These are the big markets and countries that can move forward relatively
quickly because they've already gotten started," he said. But he was surprised
to find "as many countries needing as much improvement as they do," he added.
The report focused on what McConnell called "e-readiness" — five strengths
required for an economy to function in an IT world:
1. Connectivity: Are IT networks in the country affordable to access
2. E-leadership: Has government made e-readiness a national priority?
3. Information security: Can users trust the processing and storage
of networked information?
4. Human capital: Is the work force being trained to build and support
e-business and an IT society?
5. E-business climate: How easy is it to conduct e-business in a country?