According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual e-readiness survey recently released, most Asia Pacific countries have gone down in their e-readiness rankings. This year, only Hong Kong remains in the top 10.
For example, Singapore has slipped from 7th to 13th place. According to Mr Denis McCauley, the director of global technology research at the Economist Intelligence Unit, "The key areas in this category separating Singapore from the leaders are level of innovation, in terms of patents registered per capita, and educational level, in terms of mean years of schooling."
An IDA spokesman commented on this, stating that Singapore is taking steps to remain competitive, starting with the launch of Singapore's new 10-year Infocomm masterplan -- the Intelligent Nation 2015 that will be launched next month.
The slip in standing mirrors the overall slide of the Asia Pacific region ( with the exception of Korea and Japan ) and is said to be attributed to comparatively higher rates of growth in other regions, rather than a lack of progress in Asia itself.