The Country of Georgia Stuns in ICT
We Welcome This Nation as the 103rd That We Survey
By: Roger Strukhoff
Feb. 13, 2014 09:01 AM
Our initial look at Georgia is a stunning one. Integrating all of our technology and socio-economic factors, but given its relatively very high bandwidth, and more important, what appears to be a tremendous percentage of access to its people, Georgia appears as if it will rank in our global Top 5. I'm captivated. I'll write more on the topic as our process plays out and we can announce something formally.
I remain convinced that the lack of good connectivity was the precipitating factor for the dot-com crash in 2000-2002. Sure, there were business models that were out of control, and often made no sense. Sure, all the talk of a New Economy in the late 90s turned out to be balderdash. Sure, hubris took down so many inventors, investors, and $7 trillion worth of paper wealth.
The US government's Microsoft probe didn't help. I believe the market started to slide just after that was announced. (Not that Microsoft didn't deserve probing.)
The Worldwide Wait was the reality. How many companies died on the vine as their customers and prospects impatiently watched..their..sites..load..so..so..slowly.
Our interest in Georgia was prompted by a piece in the New York Times by the country's former President Mikheil Saakashvili. He writes of his country's recent economic progress and gleaming infrastructure, and compares it favorably to that of Russia, particularly Sochi, just down the road from Georgia.
Saakashvili takes the opportunity in his piece to hurl several insults at Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although we think Putin is responsible for Russia's lag in our rankings, I must also note that former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates described Saakashvili as "impetuous" and his actions as "stupid (and) provocative" in a nasty little war between Georgia and Russia in 2008.
However, we don't get involved in politics and press always for peaceful solutions to all problems. Carrying the burdens of a national head of government is something about which those of who've never done it really can't have a clue. John F. Kennedy once noted that those who've never sat in the oval office should be careful about criticizing its inhabitants, "even poor James Buchanan."
In any case, our rankings show which nations of the world are doing the most with what they have - in all income tiers, and in all regions. We believe there is as much hope for progress in the world's laggards as in the leaders. We welcome Georgia to our rankings.
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