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Iran moves 20 notches up to rank 86 among
193 countries in the United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI 2018)
in comparison with EGDI 2017, UN website announced on Saturday.
by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, EGDI evaluates the scope
and quality of online services, status of telecommunication infrastructure and
existing human capacity.
As it is mentioned on UN website, the EDGI value can
be between 0 (lowest) and 1 (highest), as it is a weighted average of
normalized scores on the three most important dimensions of e-government.
According to the UN data, Iran’s EGDI value was
0.6083 this year. Regarding the sub-items, the country got 0.6319 score in the
online service index (OSI), 0.4566 in the telecommunication infrastructure
index (TII), and 0.7364 in the human capital index (HCI) this year.
Iran was amongst 17 countries that transitioned from Middle- to High-EGDI level
On his Twitter account, Iran’s ICT minister Mohammad
Javad Azari Jahromi pointed to moving up of Iran’s ranking on EGDI 2018.
“It is planned to move up 30 points during sixth
Five-Year National Development Plan (March 2021) and this moving is notable,”
While European countries contribute 70 per cent in
the group of 62 countries with Very-High EPI levels. Asia follows with the
largest proportion of 36 percent in the same Very High-EPI level group while
percent of the 193 Member States.
Denmark, Australia and South Korea are on top list,
scoring a very high ranking in e-government development amongst 193 countries
that were evaluated.
The EGDI, which assesses e-government development at
the national level, is a composite index based on the weighted average of three
normalized indices. One-third is derived from a Telecommunications
Infrastructure Index (TII) based on data provided by the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU), one-third from a
Human Capital Index (HCI) based on data provided by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and one-third from
the Online Service Index (OSI) based on data collected from an independent
survey questionnaire, conducted by UNDESA, which assesses the national online
presence of all 193 United Nations Member States.