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According to a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on information technology, Croatia is ranked 54th with regard to ICT competitiveness, the same as last year, the National Competitiveness Council reported on Wednesday.

This year's report on information technology on the topic of "Innovating in the Digital Economy", covering 139 countries, notes that the best faring countries are Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, Luxembourg and Japan.

The report gives a broad evaluation of the economic impact of investments in information and communications technologies, says a press release by the National Competitiveness Council.

The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) assesses the readiness of an economy to use ICT infrastructure, the costs of access and the existence of skills needed for the optimal use of ICT by governments, the business sector and individuals.

It also assesses the business and innovation environment, the political and regulatory framework as well as the impact of ICT on the economy and society.

Croatia has remained in 54th place with a score of 4.3, the same as in the past two years.

Macedonia fared best of all southeast European countries, ranking 46th, followed by Montenegro (51st). Other countries in the region ranked below Croatia.

"We cannot be satisfied with Croatia's ranking because negative trends haven't been stopped. Stagnation in the ranking is the consequence of a lack of systematic solutions... It is necessary to create a platform that will utilise the synergy potential of harmonised action by the public and private sectors in activating and using ICT to raise the competitiveness of Croatia's economy and improve the public sector," National Competitiveness Council president of the , Ivica Mudrinic said.

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