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Appears I spoke too soon on Nepal’s ICT progress

In late 2015 I wrote that: “All the fuss has been about Digital India. But India has fallen back six places to 131, despite improving its IDI score from 2.14 to 2.69 in the ICT Development Index. Nepal, which does not have a funded and actively promoted digital strategy, has advanced four places to 136th place. With a focused effort they may even give a run to India.”

In preparing to teach the Nepal broadband course, I checked where Nepal was in the IDI in 2016. It is now in 142nd place, two behind Myanmar, which used to be perennial laggard. Now the challenge is that of catching up with Myanmar.

India has fallen too, to 138th place. Nepal is still ahead of Bangladesh and Pakistan. But that is small consolation.

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