Bulgaria is ranked 44th out of 193 countries according to the e-Government Development Index (EGDI) in a United Nations (UN) report.
For the first time, Bulgaria enters the category of a very high degree of e-government development, together with the countries of the European regional group, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Croatia, Hungary and Romania.
According to the UN report, Bulgaria, along with other countries in this category, demonstrates coherence and progress in developing strategic documents in the field of e-government and in the coordination and provision of e-services.
Bulgaria is making significant progress in the e-participation index, moving up 12 places from 35th to 23rd out of 193 countries.
The number of UN member states in the group with a very high level of e-government development (with values ranging from 0.75 to 1.00) has increased from 40 to 57, an increase of 43% between 2018 and 2020, according to the UN report.
Of the 18 countries ranked for the first time in the top EGDI group, four are in America (Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Costa Rica), seven in Asia (Saudi Arabia, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Turkey and Thailand), and seven are located in Europe (Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, Croatia, Hungary and Romania).
The total number of countries in the group with a high degree of e-government development has decreased slightly – from 71 in 2018 to 69 in 2020, the report notes.
The e-Government Development Index (EGDI) is a periodic index that aims to provide a comprehensive and accurate assessment of the level of e-government development in the various UN Member States. The study and measurement of e-government development is carried out by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The first edition was made in 2003 and for the following years the index was published every year. After 2008 it started to be published once every two years.
The methodological framework for the collection and evaluation of e-government development research data is based on an integrated view of e-government, which includes three important dimensions that enable individuals to benefit from online services and information: adequacy of telecommunications infrastructure, human capacity resources for ICT use and availability of online services. It also measures the effectiveness of state institutions in involving society in the policy-making process./ibna