The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, USA recently released its latest Digital Evolution Index which, again, put New Zealand as a standout nation, identifying it as among the “digital elites” characterised by high levels of digital development and a fast rate of digital evolution.
Commenting on the announcement, New Zealand’s Minister for Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne said: “I am delighted to see that New Zealand is, for the second time, at the top of the world when it comes to the outstanding progress we have achieved in providing government services to our citizens via digital platforms.
“The Digital Evolution Index reflects the hard work we’ve been doing over the past few years on government’s digital transformation, and in creating an enabling environment that fosters innovation and active collaboration between agencies and the private sector to provide better public and private services for New Zealanders.
“Our appetite for innovation has resulted in digital solutions that raise the bar for providing New Zealanders with services – both from government and the private sector – that are available digitally and on-demand.”
The report also reinforces New Zealand’s position as a digital leader. Along with other D5 nations – the United Kingdom, Estonia and Israel – New Zealand has been named in the report’s “digital entrepôt” standout group.
This group is described as: “among the best positioned to compete by establishing a self-reinforcing ecosystem, fostering smart societies of the future, attracting global investments and talent, creating a demonstration effect for the rest of the world as to what the future might look like, and exporting their digital innovations around the world.”