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Global Information Technology Report 2001-2002 (GITR)

The Global Information Technology Report 2001-2002: Readiness for the Networked World  is a major collaboration between ITG at CID and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The report will assess and analyze the adoption and use of information technology in some 100 countries. For the past five years, the CID and the WEF have been publishing the Global Competitiveness Report - an internationally acclaimed publication analyzing competitiveness of nations across the globe. This year, these organizations continue their commitment to providing high quality analysis of globally important issues relating to economic competitiveness and participation in the global economy by introducing the GITR.

The GITR will address issues of IT Readiness of nations through:

  • Essays written by internationally renowned experts on IT and development
  • IT profiles of countries 
  • An IT Readiness Index of countries - overall and sectoral rankings

The GITR is being edited by Geoffrey Kirkman and will be published in March 2002 by Oxford University Press.

Dominican Republic

ITG is responsible for the IT Component of the Harvard Dominican Initiative at CID, a project beginning in the summer of 2001. In close cooperation with the Economic Competitiveness and Children's components of the Initiative (being carried out by other colleagues at CID), the IT component of the Dominican Initiative will aim to complete the following, with the involvement of the Dominican private sector, NGOs and government:

  • A Report which assesses both stand-alone and comparative measurements of the country's current situation and its Readiness for the Networked World, using the Readiness methodology developed by ITG. 

    Data will be collected through interviews of key public, private and non-profit actors in the Dominican Republic and through available data, as well as small scale surveys. Comparisons with the relative situation of other nations of the world will help to design solutions and policies that can enhance the use of IT within the Dominican economy.
  • Convocation of a series of public-private roundtables that will galvanize the sustained participation of the major stakeholders during the implementation of the proposals and elevate the level of dialogue on IT issues within the country. The continued interest of key parties in future decision-making will be one of the goals of these workshops.
  • Strategic recommendations for the future of the Dominican Republic, stemming from the work of the CID and the IT Task Force, that can be implemented in the upcoming 10 year period.
  • The identification of and pre-planning for specific pilot projects that incorporate information and communication technologies into key areas for greater economic development in the Dominican Republic. These will incorporate the findings of the other components of the Dominican project, and could include work with Dominican primary and secondary schools, baseball training academies, universities, community computing centers, small and medium sized enterprises, etc
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