The Republic of Korea ranks no.1 in OECD’s 2019 Digital Government Index

The Republic of Korea ranked first on the 2019 Digital Government Index (DGI) launched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop- ment (OECD) on October 16th.

The inaugural survey was conducted to measure countries’ progress towards higher levels of digital government maturity in 2018. 29 out of 37 OECD member countries and four non-member countries participated in the first survey. The survey assessed the progress of participating countries’ in six dimensions of the OECD Digital Government Policy Framework: digital by design, data-driven public sector, government as a platform, open by default, user-driven and proactiveness.
The OECD Digital Government Policy Framework
1.DIGITAL BY DESIGN
 2 DATA-DRIVEN
 3 GOVERNMENT AS A PLATFORM
 4 OPEN BY DEAFAULT
 5 USER DRIVEN
 6 PROACTIVENESS
Source: OECD(2020)
https://www.oecd.org/gov/digital-government-index-4de9f5bb-en.htm
According to the Digital Government Index: 2019 results published by the OECD Secretariat, Korea tops the index with a composite score of 0.742 out of 1, followed by the United Kingdom (UK) with 0.736.
The OECD Digital Government Policy Framework
[The OECD Digital Government Policy Framework]
KOR 0.742
GBR 0.736
COL 0.729
DNK 0.652
JPN 0.645
CAN 0.629
ESP 0.621
ISR 0.604
PRT 0.580
FRA 0.573
NZL 0.564
NOR 0.550
LUX 0.538
ITA 0.534
SLN 0.513
OECD 0.501
EST 0.478
LVA 0.474
AUT 0.452
NLD 0.450
CZE  0.434
IRL 0.411
CHL 0.411
BEL 0.406
DEU 0.398
LTU 0.397
FIN 0.356
GRC 0.347
ISL 0.282
SWE 0.257
URY 0.602
BRA 0.519
PAN 0.343
ARG 0.342
Source: OECD Survey on Digital Government 1.0.
https://www.oecd.org/gov/digital-government-index-4de9f5bb-en.htm


Among six dimensions, Korea ranks first on “digital by design” and “open by default”. In addition, it ranks second on “government as a platform”.

On the other hand, the DGI left the Korean government room for improvement on the “proactiveness” dimension, with the score of 0.5 ranking 12th. The Korean government will accelerate implementation of the intelligent government initiatives of the Korean New Deal: National Strategy for a Great Trans- formation. These initiatives will enable the Korean government to become a truly digitally-enabled government equipped to provide proactive, custom- ized services to the citizens.

Taking this opportunity, Korea plans to continue promoting various initiatives under the Korean New Deal, strengthening Korea’s digital competitiveness in the international arena.
Countries scores and rankings
Source: OECD Survey on Digital Government 1.0.
https://www.oecd.org/gov/digital-government-index-4de9f5bb-en.htm