Australia comes third in IT rankings

Australia has ranked in the top three in the latest IT annual globalisation technology index which compares 62 countries representing 85 per cent of the world's population and 95 per cent of world economic output.

Ireland came in at number one for the second year running in the overall annual A.T.Kearney index while New Zealand ranked 16th.

South Asia managing director of the management consultancy Art Bert said the index measures economic, social, political and technological integration and post-September 11 the global economy has shown surprising resilience.

In addition to September 11, Bert said economic growth plummeted from 4 per cent in 2000 to 1.3 per cent in 2001 and global foreign direct investment dropped more than 50 per cent from $US1.49 trillion to $US735 billion.

However, Internet users grew 22.5 per cent to well over 550 million people and worldwide telephone traffic rose 9 per cent.

The top five technology rankings were US, Finland, Australia, Canada and Norway.

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