Each year, the WEF ranks countries on the basis of how they adopt and implement information technology across their economies. The findings are published in the Global Information Technology Report.
Since 2006, China has jumped 23 positions to 36th place in the world rankings. The WEF said it is among the 10 countries that have improved most in IT adoption.
Sweden continues in first place, with Singapore second. Finland jumped to third place, while Switzerland and the US were steady in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
In China, the report said, businesses are relatively quick to adopt new technologies, but use of IT by the general population remains relatively low. That is because of the sheer size of the country, the WEF said.
The report uses a so-called Networked Readiness Index, which measures how prepared a country is to use IT in general business and in regulation and infrastructure. In addition, the index looks at how ready individuals, businesses and governments are to adopt new IT and whether they are actually using new technologies.
“Innovation and ICT have proven a crucial lever for long-term growth, with countless social and economic benefits and the capacity to significantly improve people’s life around the world,” said Alan Marcus, head of information technology and telecommunications at the WEF.
More information on the 10th Global Information Technology Report can be found here.